Posted May 30, 2020 00:51:13As we head towards summer holidays, it’s time to take a look at what is being monitored by children’s technology devices.
With the introduction of Apple Watch, the smartwatch market has seen a major boost in recent months.
But parents have been left disappointed by the lack of a parental control feature that would enable them to restrict the apps and content being streamed from the smartwatches.
This is a problem that has been highlighted by Australian mother-of-two, Katie Macdonald, who recently discovered her kids were being tracked by the Apple Watch.
Ms Macdonald has a 2-year-old daughter, who is currently wearing the Apple watch.
“She had a very bad reaction and it didn’t help,” Ms Macdonald said.
“I was very worried about the fact that my daughter’s phone was being tracked.”
She decided to take matters into her own hands, and set up an Apple Watch monitoring app to limit the number of times she was watching her daughter on the device.
“My first instinct was to turn it off, but I wanted to make sure she wasn’t being watched,” she said.
Ms MacDonald’s device monitors her daughter’s usage of the smart watch and her activity, but also tracks her movements, and whether or not she’s looking at any apps.
“If I’m looking at a new app or a different site or anything like that, I can turn it on,” she explained.
“It would just monitor my daughter.
It would only be monitoring her activity.”
But while this is useful for monitoring what she’s doing, Ms Macdon said she would rather turn it up to stop her daughter from accidentally using the device than let her get the device hooked up.
“They [the Apple Watch] are quite intrusive.
They don’t know what I’m doing,” Ms MacDonald said.
The technology was not working for Ms MacDONDA’s device, but Apple says it’s working on a fix.
“We have a fix in the works for the watch app on the watch, and we are working with the watch manufacturers to make the watch even better,” a spokesperson for Apple told News.
Computers can track your activities, so Apple is making it easy to turn on parental controls to stop this from happening.
Ms McGonigle said she was able to turn her watch off because her daughter was not looking at the app, but it would still monitor her every move.
“That is not going to stop anything, that’s not going the Apple Watches, that is not stopping the iPhone or the iPad or anything,” she told Newsroom.
The Apple Watch app has been available on iOS and OS X for years, but parents of young children have been less than thrilled with its lack of parental controls.
The app is set to be added to the Apple app store on Wednesday.
Ms Apple said she had been using the watch to monitor her daughter for the last three weeks.
“In the last two weeks, my daughter has been using it for all her activities, for everything from taking her shopping to checking her homework,” she revealed.
“As a result, we have stopped using it.”
The app has taken the place of the app.
It has been replaced by the watch and we can’t use it.
“While Apple is a well-known brand, the company said it would work with the parent to make it easier for parents to disable parental controls on their children’s devices.”
Apple Watch has been designed with a parental lock feature in mind,” the company told Newsrooms.”
When a child turns off Apple Watch for any reason, it will automatically turn back on once the child returns to their home.
“It’s a system that works, but is it worth it?”
My daughter is fine using the Apple device for everyday activities,” Ms McGonagle said.”[But] when she does something more important, she will probably turn it back on.
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