I am writing to inform Matzav.com readers of a recent development in Apple’s iPhone/iPad/iPod touch operating system.
For years it was almost impossible to properly filter your iPhone because of various blocks that Apple had built in to their software. Unlike a computer where you were able to place a filter on the entire computer which would work no matter what internet browser you were using, with Apple you had to download specific “kosher” browsers which generally were not that good. Also, you needed to block your entire app store so that you could not download a different browser, which was a great inconvenience. Finally, you were easily able to bypass the filter by accessing the internet from any app which had ads or links. All in all, most people did not properly filter their phones.
Boruch Hashem, I am happy to tell Matzav readers that this issue seems to have been solved with the release of Apple’s iOS 7 two weeks ago! It is now possible to place a filter on THE ENTIRE DEVICE, no matter which browser or app you are using. You can set a password on your phone to restrict adult content and/or specific sites (or if you prefer you could work off a white list). These restrictions work throughout the entire device just as a computer filter does.
To set this up go to Settings>General>Restrictions>Enable Restrictions (requires you to set a pass-code)>
Under Allowed Content select “Websites” and choose which options works best for you.
Please note that peoples’ needs and standards may differ so you may need to block specific websites to suit your needs.
Someone some day may figure out a way around this, but for now we must do our best and of course daven for yiras Shamayim! I have no doubt that the hundreds of concerned parents that contacted Apple over the years compelled them to add this feature.
Thank you, Matzav, for your excellent work.
A fellow Yid and a grateful Apple customer