Is this app safe for children? A comparison study of maturity ratings on android and iOS applications

Ying Chen, Heng Xu, Yilu Zhou, Sencun Zhu

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24 Scopus citations

Abstract

There is a rising concern among parents who have experienced unreliable content maturity ratings for mobile applications (apps) that result in inappropriate risk exposure for their children and adolescents. In reality, there is no consistent maturity rating policy for mobile applications. The maturity ratings of Android apps are provided purely by developers' self-disclosure and are rarely verified. While Apple's iOS app ratings are considered to be more accurate, they can also be inconsistent with Apple's published policies. To address these issues, this research aims to systematically uncover the extent and severity of unreliable maturity ratings for mobile apps. Specifically, we develop mechanisms to verify the maturity ratings of mobile apps and investigate possible reasons behind the incorrect ratings. We believe that our findings have important implications for platform providers (e.g., Google or Apple) as well as for regulatory bodies and application developers. Copyright is held by the International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWWW 2013 - Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on World Wide Web
Pages201-211
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event22nd International Conference on World Wide Web, WWW 2013 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: May 13 2013May 17 2013

Publication series

NameWWW 2013 - Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on World Wide Web

Other

Other22nd International Conference on World Wide Web, WWW 2013
CountryBrazil
CityRio de Janeiro
Period5/13/135/17/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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