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Is there a way to block apps on the market

Discussion in 'Android Applications' started by Prayer, Mar 19, 2011.

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    I gave my 15 year old son my Droid x not wanting him to get into certain apps . Help please. Thanks
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    Nope. Why give him unfiltered access to the internet if you're worried about certain apps?
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    Being a 16-year old myself, he will be very annoyed/possibly hate you if you block him from getting certain apps. Best to let the kid be, imo.
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    Most likely your 15 year old has seen/heard everything there is that you don't want him to see/hear.

    Then again, in my opinion, a 15 year old doesn't need a smartphone.
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    Don't. Besides, I'm pretty sure there's no parental controls as of yet.

    And take it from a 16 year old; if you attempt it, he'll not only hate you, but likely find a way around/see it from other places. Trust me. There's no stopping it, and you shouldn't even try. Let the boy have fun.
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    What apps don't you want him using or d/l? That is likely the right place to start. Do you not want him accessing adult content sites for example? IF so that is a legitimate concern and should NOT be dismissed lightly.

    If its the risk of him buying apps that get charged to your google account then I would set him up with his own market account with no credit card attached.

    If you are ultimately worried he would (as commented by others) "hate you" for filtering a 15 year old's smartphone then I would go the route of not allowing him to have it. While it does come down to trust you also need to apply parental guidance and control as any involved parent should.
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    Take away his Droid, that should resolve the issue with blocking market apps.

    To the 15 and 16 year olds posting here....parent's don't care if you hate them or not. They aren't there to be your friends and all rainbows and unicorns. They are there to teach you life lessons and keep you from the things that you don't need to be seeing.

    Just sayin
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    If you don't want your son to access things and you think you can't trust him, don't give him a smartphone. Only let him use the parental controlled computer.

    Plus, if he's a 15 year old boy, NOTHING will stop him from accessing adult content at some point in time (this coming from a 20 year old who had internet access when he was younger).
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    Maybe I'm just a over protected parent. Its coming to the point that's all your going to be able to buy is a smartphone. I think they need parent control on the market. I don't want my 15 year old looking at porn and all that .
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    I doubt there's much in the market that is inappropriate for a 15 year old. Sure there are some apps that are, but it's not nearly as bad as some of the stuff you can find online with a regular computer on the internet.

    If it's the purchasing of apps that you're worried about you should set him up with his own google account with no credit card attached. Nothing from the android market can be billed to you that way

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    This is not true at all. The selection may be limited, but there will ALWAYS be a market for feature phones.

    And, like I said, your 15 year old will find porn if they really want to see it. It's so easy to get around parental controls, or to just go over a friend's house.
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    Raptor007 easily makes the most sense out of all the replies. Good advice on all counts.
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    I'd be more worried about him accessing porn through the browser than in the market

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    As far as I know there isn't, and even if there was there's most likely ways around them. As Raptor007 said, if your that worried then don't get the kid a smart phone. I'm 18 and I got a smart phone for christmas after I turned 18. There's plently of good phones out there that aren't smart phones (I had an alias 1 for over 2 years and loved it...), so the "only smart phones argument" doesn't cut it...

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    There's nothing you can do to block it...short of rooting the phone and force deleting everything that accesses the internet. But then why give him a smartphone in the first place?

    There really are plenty of 'feature' or flip phones you could get for pretty much free.

    Aside, i think your son would enjoy being given an opportunity (though he might not show it) to prove some trust to you. If it comes down to parental controls, in this case you will have to be those parental controls.
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    Well, you can go to https://market.android.com/account and see what he has downloaded I guess. Most likely though, he's already been looking at porn for many years and you'll never know about it. Just my 2cents.
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    On my daughters I put App Lock. I locked the Marketplace and any other settings I didn't want her to have access to. Then when she wants to download Apps I enter a 4 digit pin and we look together. Once we exit the Marketplace its locked again until the next time I enter the pin.

    Hope this helps you. It worked great for me.
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    If I had children, and I don't I'm smart enough to know not to allow any kid 15 years old to have a smart phone in the first place.

    And it isn't porn you need to protect your child from, it's on line predators. I know that and like I said I'm not even a parent.
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    Wow...

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    Don't judge. It's called responsible parenting.


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