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How do I allow messaging between tablet/iMac?

by cochranj20 / June 26, 2013 1:09 AM PDT

Here's the situation-

We are considering getting tablets of some kind for ten residents in a drug/alcohol treatment program. We want those ten residents to be able to send messages to their counselors ONLY and to have NO access to the internet at all. We also don't want them to be able to read the other resident's messages. We want the ten tablets to be able to communicate with our main office computer so the counselors can read the messages.

Main computer is an iMac running Mac OS X.

How can I make this happen?

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That would be a custom app.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 26, 2013 2:14 AM PDT

I'm going to answer "custom app" because your IT person should have offered a private LAN and email system to your spec. My bet is you didn't want that and want a custom system.

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Use iMessage and Restrictions in iOS
by Beamerboy / June 26, 2013 1:05 PM PDT

If your tablets are iPads and your Mac runs OS X Mountain Lion, I think you are home-and-hosed!
Give each counsellor and resident separate Apple IDs (no charge). On an iPad, use Settings -> General -> Restictions to turn off access to all Internet services (e.g. Safari) that they cannot have. It's a pretty comprehensive list, but note that iMessage is not part of the list. Secure the restrictions with a passcode only Program Admins know. Then, the conversations can be limited to only counsellor<->resident with no access to any other conversations.
For the Mac side, restrictions are unnecessary if no resident has access to the machine; segregate counsellors by the use of separate accounts if appropriate.

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I thought the expression "hosed" was similar in context
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 26, 2013 10:41 PM PDT

to being attached to another object by an incline plane, wrapped helically around an axis.

Have I had it wrong all these years or does it mean something different where you come from?


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