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Following Gottheimer’s call for Apple to fix parental control and screen time software flaws, Apple releases new software update

Gottheimer Encourages Parents to Download New Software Update on All Devices to Protect Children

NORTH JERSEY — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) Thursday announced that Apple released a new software update for iPhones and other devices which “Fixes an issue where Screen Time settings may reset or not sync across all devices.”

Gottheimer has been pushing Apple for months to fix this issue. He publicly called on Apple CEO Tim Cook to immediately fix long-standing problems with Apple’s parental controls and Screen Time software to help parents protect their children from spending too much time online and watching explicit content.

Gottheimer also sent Apple a letter this week demanding answers on when these software glitches and loopholes will be fixed.

Settings that limit screen time and restrict access to certain web content — which would prevent kids from watching pornography, R-rated movies, inappropriate TV shows, and other explicit content — have not been functioning as promised.

“After calling on Apple to give parents back the power to protect their children, I’m glad to see that they’ve listened and released a new software update to address Screen Time software flaws. This Apple update is brand new, so we’ll see if it stops Screen Time parental controls from randomly resetting after parents set them. Every parent needs to download this new Apple Screen Time software update on all of their families’ devices to protect kids from excess screen time and explicit content,” said Gottheimer after Apple released a software update to address Screen Time setting flaws. “Trust me, sometimes we’d love to take the smartphones, laptops, and tablets away from our kids for good, but it’s just not realistic. Kids today use these devices to do their homework, connect with their friends, and call their parents when they need help.”

Thousands of Apple product users have written to Apple sharing frustrations with Screen Time’s parental controls, noting failures including downtime, app limits, and content restrictions that all deactivated after being set or updated.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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