Based on their Twitter comments, developers are more than ready to better protect children's use of mobile apps by following the revised iOS guidelines released by Apple.
Apple sent out an e-mail asking its developer community to classify its software as appropriate for use by one of three age groups for users under the age of 11. The classification system is designed to ease the navigation of parents searching for age-appropriate apps in the Apple App Store. The changes will be particularly significant as the "Kids" App category debuts with iOS 7.
The problem of kids making expensive in-app purchases has made international headlines, as has the growing concern for how the behavior of children is being monitored when they use app stores. Children's advocates and those close to the issue immediately cheered Apple's move.
Apple readies App Store's new Kids category ahead of iOS 7 launch. http://t.co/DlCE89iqEB— FierceMobileContent (@FierceMobiCo) August 19, 2013
and apple finally announces a category for apps for kids on the appstore, a subject we have been dedicated to since 2009. welcome apple! :)— Apps4Kids (@apps4kids) August 17, 2013
Developers were similarly positive, though they were more direct in suggesting the revised guidelines and category were long overdue.
Apple's new rules on gambling apps. Finally - http://t.co/GziYHSgOmz— Peter (@LunarPeter) August 16, 2013
Important read; Beware all the developers who blindly collect users' personal info. http://t.co/a6zxLJYfmA— Sasi kiran (@sasikiran_m) August 16, 2013
The reaction by developers varied according to what elements of the guidelines they felt were most important. For some, it was about the way marketers can target children in app stores.
Apple leading the way.. again ! Dont use behavioral ads for users under 13 http://t.co/koXQArTInG— Tarun (@tarunkj) August 15, 2013
Others said the misuse of in-app purchasing was the biggest problem.
Apps with IAP banned entirely from the Kids section of the App Store. Sounds like a good change: http://t.co/3lRzwRRqKn— Dustin Westphal (@evilbachus) August 15, 2013
Few seemed ready to criticize or lambaste the guidelines, but some said the boundary lines around developers and children would continue to need to be redrawn.