Published: Sat, December 14, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Kids can bypass parental controls in iOS 13.3 and talk to anyone

Kids can bypass parental controls in iOS 13.3 and talk to anyone

However, according to a new report by CNBC, the Communication Limits feature does not function as advertised.

Cupertino's software slingers recently introduced the Communications Limits feature, which lets parent control who their children message or talk to on the latest iPhones and iPads.

When a parent sets up Communication Limits on their kid's phone, they are only allowed to communicate with contacts in their address book.

Kids are also able to get around this parental control if they have an Apple Watch paired to the iPhone.

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CNBC suggests Apple can address the bug by removing the "Add Contact" option when a child receives a text from a number that's not already in the address book, or Apple could require a PIN before allowing a contact to be saved.

The issue only works when contacts aren't stored on iCloud. For example, if an unknown number texts your kid-their friend from school who keeps distracting them from their homework, for example-the kid can simply use a provided link to add that number to their contacts.

There is one workaround, though, that parents can use with a certain degree of success until Apple rolls out a fix.

In a statement for CNBC, Apple called syncing contacts to other services a "non-standard configuration", although users should be able to have alternatives and still benefit from the phone features delivered by the maker. Apple has said it plans to fix the problem in a future software update. To access the parental control settings, you can head to the Communication Limits tab inside of the Screen Time settings.

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