Frustrated parents say app ratings fall short

  • Article by: KATIE HUMPHREY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 24, 2013 - 8:45 AM

Amid debate over standards, kids have easy access to violent and sexual content.

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marcymmbJan. 20, 13 6:45 AM

Do parents have no responsibilities.

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elind56Jan. 20, 13 7:49 AM

"...parent groups persuaded Apple to remove a "baby shaker" app..."-------------------But taking this kind of responsible action is a lot of work for parents. Be nice if government could just take care of it for us.

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roymercerJan. 20, 13 8:41 AM

Ah, Mom and Dad - this is easily fixed. Stop payment on junior's data plan. No need for government intervention.

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jbhall56Jan. 20, 13 8:51 AM

Seriously? We saw this with the ratings of music on album and later CD covers. It didn't work then and exactly how do parents figure this out now with iTunes, Amazon MP3 and other online music sources? Now you want to complain about ratings on Apps. My children couldn't have a cell phone until they could afford a cell phone. It was the same with cars, iPods, iPads, notebook computers, etc. If they wanted something "special", they needed to figure out how to pay for it. There was a lot of pressure starting in middle school for cell phones but, in the end, my kids did not get their cell phones until they were well into high school and had part-time jobs to pay for them. Yes, my spouse and I are parents that parent. Parenting has never been easy, but it is really not easy these days when you encounter so many parents that appear to not want to put forth the effort it takes to be a parent. They seem to think that they need to be their children's friend first, not their parent. All that does is create children that have few boundaries and ends up creating these sorts of issues. Proper parenting does not break children nor does it create children that hate their parents the rest of their lives. What proper parenting does is create responsible, giving and polite adults. Something that is greatly missing in today's society.

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tcatheartJan. 20, 13 9:57 AM

Seriously, there was an app called baby shaker? Do these app developers have no conscious?

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rangesonJan. 20, 1311:33 AM

App makers are in it to make money and sell apps. parents need to do their darn job. Don't know if you want your kid playing something? Try it first. Take time out of your uber-busy, me-me-me schedule and actually parent. Don't pay someone else to do it, and don't expect the govt to do it. After all, most of you don't like parents who rely on the govt to feed their children (food stamp moochers?), but it's fine for the govt to decide what your kids should play or watch?

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tcatheartJan. 20, 1310:24 PM

rangeson, I agree, parents need to take some responsibility in this. But come on, a "baby shaking" app? Seriously?

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