October 19th, 2011

Inappropriate content making its way to mobile apps

By Cecilia Kang
Washington Post

If gun-toting zombie killers, lewd language or busty women prowling for “hot guys” got on children’s TV shows, parents would run to the federal government’s indecency patrol in protest.

But such content is finding its way onto mobile applications aimed at children, who are spending more and more time tapping away on smartphones, iPods and other gadgets.

Amid an explosion of kid-oriented apps for mobile devices, frustrated parents say they face an uphill battle guarding the Internet’s youngest users from inappropriate content. They complain of unreliable age and maturity ratings made by mobile software developers, sexually explicit and violent ads that show up on kids’ games, and a lack of rules to keep the massive apps industry in check.

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