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Apple has announced that it will be bringing its Communication Safety in Messages feature to six more countries in the coming weeks. The new countries set to benefit from the safeguarding feature are the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Japan, South Korea, and Brazil. The feature is already available in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.
The Communication Safety in Messages feature sends warnings to alert children and parents when a sexually explicit image is sent or received on a device connected to iCloud Family Sharing. It also automatically blurs explicit images sent in Messages to children. The feature ensures that any explicit images received by a child will be blurred and the minor will be warned. The child will also be presented with helpful resources and reassured that it is okay if they do not want to view the photo.
As an additional precaution, the child can be informed that their parents will get a message if they choose to view the explicit image. Similar protections are available if a child attempts to send sexually explicit photos. The child will be warned before the photo is sent, and the parents can receive a message if the child chooses to send it.
Apple announced it would be expanding the availability of its Communication Safety in Messages feature earlier this month in recognition of Safer Internet Day. However, no further details were shared at the time. The expansion of this feature highlights Apple’s commitment to ensuring the safety of children online. The feature will be a valuable tool for parents looking to protect their children while they are online.