Our school requires iPads, so I recdently added the school's Network IP Address to the allowed networks section, expecting this would solve many of our problems. However, I just received a text from my son requesting access to a site they were using in class. So, apparently, THAT work-around doesn't work properly for us.
The following scenarios are a source of frequent frustration at our house...
1) During class, the teacher asks them to open a particular site which is blocked by Mobicip. I'm not immediately available to grant access using the Mobicip Monitoring App, so they miss out on the classroom instruction or game. - Apparently, this happens because "White-listing" a particular website doesn't always allow access to ALL pages within that website, resulting in some white-listed sites remaining blocked.
2) Our school uses Moodle for much of the classroom instruction & assignments. Within Moodle, they often add links for the kids to click on to view a particular page or YouTube video for further instruction. Of course, whenever you click on a link using an iPad, it tries to open it using Safari. Therefore, when Safari is disabled (per Mobicip instructions) those required links won't open. It's unreasonable to expect the teachers to always send a note home to parents several days in advance of class with a list of each & every website or video they may use in class. So, my children are often unable to access a needed site during class. (Which is why I added the school Network IP Address.)
3) Also, with current Apple iPad configuration, it always uses Safari to open any saved Homescreen Shortcuts. As far as I know, there is not a way to open Shortcuts using a different browser. Per Mobicip instructions, I have Safari disabled & Mobicip is the only available web browser. This restriction results in the inability to utilize "Homepage Shortcuts." Instead, I must add websites to the "Bookmark Tab" within the Mobicip browser. This would be fine if I only needed to bookmark a handful sites, but it's difficult to sift through a long list of numerous bookmarked sites since there isn't a way to create "folders."
Here are my suggestions, or requests, that would make Mobicip more user-friendly...
1) Mobicip should create a way to enable ACCESS, via Safari, to parent-saved "Homepage Shortcut Websites," including any links WITHIN that particular website shortcut, while keeping the actual Safari browser disabled. Or, alternatively, create a way to have Safari use enabled, while still having the actual "Safari Icon" access disabled (or hidden), so that only the "Shortcut" sites are accessible via Safari.
2) Develop a way to allow all pages within a particular White-listed site to be accessible.
3) Develop a way to create bookmark folders within the Mobicip browser.