Recently I have found that the App Store is allowing more and more apps with nudity and sex.
Apple have tried to censor and ban a few apps that have been submitted but it is clear that they are under tons of pressure to release these bans.
In the new software update iPhone 3.0. Apple have bought in the option to create censorships or restrictions over which applications can be downloaded. Even though it seems that Apple’s reason for this is so that it can allow adult apps into the App Store, I would still encourage you to make use of this ‘restrictions’ function. Especially if your children own an iPhone!
I am afraid that once activated the restrictions do not stop the apps showing up in the App Store but it does stop example images from apprearing and the ability to download the application. (Even if it is free)
You will need to select your allowed ratings, so here they are directly from iTunes:
4+: Applications in this category contain no objectionable materials.
9+: Applications in this category may contain mild or infrequent occurrences of cartoon, fantasy or realistic violence, and infrequent or mild mature, suggestive, or horror-themed content which may not be suitable for children under the age of 9.
12+: Applications in this category may also contain infrequent mild language, frequent or intense cartoon, fantasy or realistic violence, and mild or infrequent mature or suggestive themes, and simulated gambling which may not be suitable for children under the age of 12.
17+: You must be at least 17 years old to purchase this application. (emphasis in the original)
Applications in this category may also contain frequent and intense offensive language; frequent and intense cartoon, fantasy or realistic violence; and frequent and intense mature, horror, and suggestive themes; plus sexual content, nudity, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs which may not be suitable for children under the age of 17.
Personally I don’t see any need to own an application that has a restriction higher than 4+.