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New iPhones may jeopardize child safety, experts say

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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) — If you’re getting your kid an iPhone for the holidays, there are some new features in the latest software you should be aware of, experts say.

Starting with the basics, newer iPhone models work under iOS 16. The new software lets you “undo” or “edit” a text in iMessage, Apple’s messaging and texting app.

“That’s a breeding ground for abuse that then goes away,” says cyber expert Titania Jordan, Bark Technologies’ chief parenting officer and the author of “Parenting in a Tech World.”

Her company created Bark, a parental control app that monitors what kids do online or on smartphones. The new Apple technology, she says, may not be the best choice for children. “Apple iPhones are not the best, first and safest smartphone for children,” she warned.

Any iPhone user with the new software can unsend a message up to two minutes after it was sent and edit a message up to 15 minutes after it was sent.

Although edited, the original message can still cause problems. “There are things that can happen that can change children’s lives in a negative way that will disappear if they don’t take a screenshot and record that evidence,” says Jordan.

Bradenton Police Dept. Carl Jones, who works in the department’s Digital Forensics and Electronic Crimes division, says the new software poses challenges. “It will make it more difficult … to remember messages for parents if something happens.”

Jones and Jordan both have problems with the new ‘notes’ collaboration feature. “It’s the digital form of passing a note back and forth in class,” Jones said.

“Two or more kids can write in the same note-taking app, essentially making it a note-taking app or a social media platform,” says Jordan.

As if that weren’t enough, iPhones can also have a “hidden folder” for photos and videos in the Photos app.

“The hidden folder itself can be hidden even on the albums. It doesn’t even show that the folder exists. But the contents in the folder are still there,” Jones said.

The list of new features goes on and on, so before you even wrap the phone up for Christmas, Jones says activate the phone and set up parental controls before you wrap it up.

And after your child opens their gift, both of you need to know the passcode to get into the phone.

Click here to read more about iPhone’s new software update: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT213407

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