Your kids like their privacy, but as a parent, they understand your goal is to protect them. This may come as a surprise, but according to a recent survey, 58% of respondents between ages 13 to 17 said they would like apps to have parental ratings, like the MPAA ratings for movies.
Parents agree — 90% said they’d like apps to have a rating system. Overall, 77% of survey respondents said apps should have ratings.
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The survey of 1,000 people was conducted by SodaHead.com, an online opinion-based community.
The survey also goes on to explain how much people pay for apps based on their age group. The most popular types of apps are games (31%), followed by social media (27%), news/weather (12%) and music (11%). Overall, 47% of respondents have paid for an app, with 63% of teens ages 13 to 17 paying for an app, compared to only 30% of those 65 and older.
Since smartphones are increasingly ubiquitous among today’s youth, parents have to be more vigilant about monitoring what they’re children are exposed to — whether that’s inappropriate content or online predators. Parents can install tracking apps on their child’s cellphone to monitor what content they look at, but some parents feel this shows your kids you don’t trust them.
Check out this infographic below and tell us, do you think apps should have ratings?