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request of native parental control integration

asked 2015-11-04 13:38:34 +0200

cemoi71 gravatar image

updated 2015-11-04 15:05:58 +0200

Hello all,

would it be possible to integrate something like this in the os? Better than in a 3th app.

that is even more interesting since the tablet goes functional.

About the functionalities that it should do i would suggest those one.

  • web-site filtering
  • phone-call/sms restriction
  • 3th app de-installation/installation restriction
  • game restriction on time and kind
  • restriction on os configuration sensible parts (e.g. don't want that the little boy make all erase by doing a factory reset)

don't know what could be for further functionalities. Then please communicate or update this thread.

Please take time to thinking on it.

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By parenting control do You mean filtering web pages? That it should be done in the browser. What else Your phone do that needs parental control? Restrict phone to call preset numbers? (like the kid can only call You), then it is the dialer app. So what should the OS do for You?

Macilaci457 ( 2015-11-04 14:25:24 +0200 )edit

That''s a good point from you. i know a lot's of functionalities but not all

cemoi71 ( 2015-11-04 14:50:12 +0200 )edit

@Macilaci457 are you interested about this kind of functionality? which one would interest you? and do you know other application of it?.

if yes you could maybe bring your contribution and make an answer with your wishes, and/or waht other application could be bring for this type of solution.

cemoi71 ( 2015-11-04 15:09:32 +0200 )edit

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answered 2015-11-04 16:59:55 +0200

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Most of your requirements could easily be solved by having multiple user accounts on the device. As it is currently implemented the device automatically logs user in as "nemo", the default user that has sudo capability (devel-su).

There could easily be a user login prompt/selector that is started before lipstick and the user session could then be launched as anoher, non-priviliged user as well.

Each user would have her own home directory, with private settings and data. Each user could have well-defined set of priviliges and retrictions.

This requires some change to systemd as well, it needs to be checked what user processes are started on system startup and possibly changed to start later on user login phase, or need to change the user-id they are started with.

All in all it is not that difficult to do, the OS layer and most of the middleware support it already.

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I'd also really like a multi user system, kind of like what Android 5.0 does. Each user account could be restricted to certain parts of the system and forbidden access to certain apps.

utkarsh ( 2015-11-04 23:52:39 +0200 )edit

after rereading your post. found that i was first completely aside of your post (some days could be hard).(sorry for it)

though.. indeed that's an idea... :-)

cemoi71 ( 2015-11-05 00:02:25 +0200 )edit

@juiceme which kind of middleware do you think?
if you think about android side middleware. then we loose on advantage.
if it's native app... right. we should be sure that the solution will be supported for a long time.
And for this, i give more my trust in jolla team

cemoi71 ( 2015-11-05 00:06:13 +0200 )edit
  • By "OS layer" I mean the basic GNU/Linux platform, which is comprised of kernel, systemd, connman, filesystem, wayland, etc.... These components all are already fully multiuser-compatible.
  • By "Middleware" I mean the Mer stack, which includes the system databases and their interface components, ofono and its management, presentation interface, QT, etc. These components may need configuration changes to support multiuser mode.
  • Rest of the system, including the Silica icing and Jolla applications should be adaptable to multiuser mode but it just would have to be checked one by one.

And everything here is about the multiuser mode support for the native mode, of course. I have no idea how it relates to the Alien Dalvik subsystem, and actually don't care a bit about it.

juiceme ( 2015-11-05 07:40:03 +0200 )edit

I think that for ... some parents not the kind of usage is an issue, because a good portion of parental control can be addressed with stuff like opendns. However, have a weekly usage time that kids can spend as needed would be perfect. A friend said that this is what the new windows phones offer and I think it's a huge benefit when picking a phone for the youngsters.

kryca ( 2015-11-06 14:18:23 +0200 )edit
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