We submitted all of our apps to the Apple developer system on Friday (which is a ton of uploading, took 2 days). Then yesterday I got a email that basically said they were all rejected because they allowed unfiltered access to the internet and had to be rated as 17+ only (which is the same as porn apps). The reason? Birdipedia. If you hit a Home link at the bottom of a Birdipedia page you can get to a search box in Wikipedia and from there you can enter terms that may bring up mature content. The only choice we have is t remove Birdipedia (and probably Flickr since it allows access to some photos that may be mature) and remove the online support link (e.g. remove all ability to access the internet from inside the app, or give it a 17+ rating. We think 17+ is a bad rating to give software that children love so we are now delayed as we decide what to do.
Before you slam Apple because you can access mature content via there won Safari app, keep in mind that parental controls can be turned on to prevent Safari from being used. If we could hook that into our app so when it was enabled our web pages would react the same, that might be another solution but I dont know if Apple would accept it. Any thoughts?