Media players such as the iPod were originally designed to play music files, so the only parental concern was restricting music with explicit lyrics. However, the newest generation of media players are now packed with features that allow the playing of movies and in some cases allow Internet access. Of the four most popular media player manufacturers, only Microsoft’s Zune and Apple’s iPod offer any parental controls at all. Because media players are a rapidly evolving technology, parental controls are still catching up with the new features.
Ages up to 7: Media players are generally not appropriate for children in this age group.
Ages 8 to 10: Make sure the media player does not have Internet access and block explicit lyrics with music rating enforcement.
Ages 11 to 13: Make sure the media player does not have Internet access and block explicit lyrics with music ratings enforcement.
Ages 14 to 17: Music ratings enforcement and purchase management.