Apple has secured a patent from the USPTO to enable parents to exercise control over what kind of messaging content their children can send or receive via their mobile phones through the use of content filtering technology. The technology enables content to be filtered according to a parental control application the criteria set being an expression of the parents’ preferences.
To assist parents in specifying the criteria by which messages can be removed, blocked or removed prior to transmission, Apple provides a rating system based on user age to discern what words are inappropriate. There has been some controversy over the ability of AI to determine contextually whether certain words are appropriate or inappropriate. Parents are alerted by an app whenever inappropriate text message is detected.
Children are creative and often come up with slang or some way to get around the restrictions.
The patent is drafted widely enough to embrace the use of the application as an instructional tool to assist children with grammar and vocabulary in text based communication.