We’ve heard from some educators that they want to be able use Haiku Deck with their students, but are concerned by the recommended age rating in iTunes. Here’s the story.
When you create a Haiku Deck, our app combs through more than 35 million Creative Commons licensed images that were tagged with keywords when they were posted on the Internet. Our goal is to bring back beautiful and relevant pictures to accompany your words. Some photo sources have filters to prevent inappropriate content from being returned in the results. Whenever possible, we use these filters. We’re also working on ways to prevent inappropriate words from being searched at all. That said, the problem is more complex than preventing younger users from doing inappropriate searches. Photos are sometimes tagged by the photographer in unpredictable ways. For example, you could search for a word like “green” and come up with a photo of a nude body painted green.
We’ll continue to work on a solution that strikes the right balance between returning great photo results and protecting little eyes, but for the time being, we feel the 12+ rating is the best way to communicate to teachers and parents that, despite our intentions, inappropriate content may appear in the app. For some creative workarounds, be sure to check out our top Teacher Appreciation Tips. Over time we hope to make Haiku Deck more accessible to a broader audience.
Until then, enjoy this inspiring deck, safe for viewers of all ages.