Parent concerned how easy it was to access porn on a 'restricted' tablet made for kids

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Tuesday 06 December 2016 16:45
Science and Tech

With Christmas a few frantic Argos trips away, parents are looking to buy the best presents.

Gifts that have an internet connection tend to go down well, but the question of safety is paramount: how do you prevent your children from stumbling across NSFW content – pornography perhaps?

One way companies have attempted to combat this is by creating ‘child friendly’ tablets that possess an internet connection, but are limited in terms of website access.

Hong Kong-based manufacturer VTech, seems harmless at first glance. It gives access to pre-approved websites, usually of an educational nature, like National Geographic.

However, Eva Blum-Dumontet discovered a loophole for the VTech InnoTab Max, typically for children between the ages of three and nine.

Dumontet told Motherboard:

Vtech clearly failed to foresee that inappropriate content could be reached on the tablet via Google Translate. If they could not foresee this, it raises serious questions as to what else they did not foresee when it comes to the toys’ security.

Vtech have been made aware of the problem, confirmed that Google Translate could have been used to access websites not approved by the tech company and removed it from the list.

If you already have the tablet, turning it off and on will update the system.

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