The bug in this feature apparently lets kids talk to strangers on phone, FaceTime with them and text them too. It has been mentioned that the contacts that parents want to block for their children should be saved in iCloud by default. If the is not stored in iCloud, children can easily save the number of the stranger and start chatting with them. The report added that even the keyboard was not visible at times on the first attempt to reply to a text message once the contact was added. However, navigating back to the screen and moving back into the message thread showed up the keyboard for chatting.
What’s more disturbing is that children can even ask Siri on the connected Apple Watch to call a person regardless he/she is in the contact list or not. However, one of the workarounds found for this bug is to enable the ‘Downtime’ feature that limits children from accessing certain apps and features.
Apple indirectly confirmed the bug and said that a ‘complete fix’ is underway. “This issue only occurs on devices set up with a non-standard configuration, and a workaround is available. We’re working on a complete fix and will release it in an upcoming software update,” stated Apple to CNBC.
However, while there’s still some time for the fix to arrive, parents can force contacts to sync with iCloud, which makes the bug ineffective. They have to open Settings app > Contacts > select default account > change it to iCloud from other settings.