Apple Awarded Anti-Sexting Patent

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Don’t let this happen to you


Apple has been awarded a patent that can keep you from sending naughty text messages. At least that’s what the description seems to imply. It mentions methods to give a user control of the content of text-based messages sent or received from an administered device.

In English, this is probably just some form of parental controls, but such settings would likely help reduce the sending of inappropriate messages between two users sending things that they probably shouldn’t be sending to each other. The overall idea is to block messages, whether sent or received, when they have content specified as inappropriate. That may be certain words or possibly groups or words that form phrases that parents don’t want their children to send to each other.

Of course this can also work simply as a language filter. There are words that most parents believe their children shouldn’t speak or write. If they want to prevent that, they can use these filters.

However, though it may prevent them from typing the words and sending the message, it doesn’t prevent them from thinking about the word. One of the best things to do as a parent is probably to educate our children and show them why certain things may be inappropriate, but that’s a whole new discussion we don’t need to get into.

Where this does come into play, may be because many schools and workplaces issue iOS devices to students, teachers and staff. These sorts of precautions may help prevent unnecessary drama in the workplace and keep personal matters personal.


Here is the description of the patent:

Systems, devices, and methods are provided for enabling a user to control the content of text-based messages sent to or received from an administered device. In some embodiments, a message will be blocked (incoming or outgoing) if the message includes forbidden content. In other embodiments, the objectionable content is removed from the message prior to transmission or as part of the receiving process. The content of such a message is controlled by filtering the message based on defined criteria. The criteria may be defined according to a parental control application. These techniques also may be used, in accordance with instructional embodiments, to require the administered devices to include certain text in messages. These embodiments might, for example, require that a certain number of Spanish words per day be included in e-mails for a child learning Spanish.

The patent also describes a function that could help children who are learning new languages. In the above example, it’s Spanish. A child could receive a message, and they would be required to send/receive a certain number of words per day in Spanish.


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