Parenting Fail: InAPPropriate App Dilemma

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This past weekend I approved an app that has only caused issues since it’s download. Yes, I had Ask to Buy on. Yes the communication was open between me and my son. He explained it was much like Minecraft. I didn’t take enough time to review the app and decided since my son’s cousin had it, sure, it was fine for him too. Well to the contrary.

It’s called Roblox.  It’s a virtual reality, role-playing game that takes place in a jail. The user can either be a guard, prisoner, or criminal. Uggg. Not only is the setting inappropriate but it also has online chat setup by default making it a social media game as well. He was able to friend random people and chat with them. UM NO! Here’s the review from Common Sense Media.

Here’s how I remedied the situation:

I went into the iPad, then Settings and used my favorite 4 digit secret code (last 4 of my social) to open up the restrictions area. I noticed I had apps set for 9+ and higher which allowed him to download it. My bad! I quickly changed that. The app immediately disappeared but only from sight. So if you really don’t want your child to have a particular app, be sure to delete it.

Why was our iPad restrictions set to ‘Allowing All Apps’?

There must have been a time when I had to loosen the restrictions to allow for an app that I deemed ok but it would not install unless the restrictions were off. And then I forgot to reset it.

Modifying setting within Roblox:

If you choose to let your child continue to play Roblox be sure to go into the settings and turn off things like chatting and friending. As with most Apple devices and software, they are set up for adults by default so it’s our responsibility to go in and turn some of these features off. Our Parent 101 Family Rules contract states that there will be no chatting with anyone and if we see that he is, the app, and even iPad, privileges are revoked.

We aren’t perfect. We are parents. But following through on staying on top of the content on the web, apps and social media, will help us stay up on our digital parenting game.