Report: Online video providers not protecting kids

Nov 17, 2010

(AP) -- The Parents Television Council has released a study that says online video destinations like Hulu and Fancast don't do enough to keep explicit content from kids.

The , which monitors decency issues, issued the study Wednesday. It evaluated the child appropriateness of four online video portals: , Comcast's Fancast, AOL's Slashcontrol and AT&T's U-verse. None received a better grade than a "D."

The study looked at home pages and 602 videos over a three-week period. The council found that standards are more lenient online than on broadcast television, and that content that may be unsuitable for children under 14 could be watched by young children.

Hulu, , AOL and AT&T didn't immediately respond to requests for comment on the study.

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More information: http://www.parentstv.org/PTC/publications/reports/OnlineVideo/Study.pdf

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Ravenrant
not rated yet Nov 17, 2010
And cable companies are? Have you seen the crap on basic cable that any kid can watch? MTV or How to Learn to Like Sex at Ever Younger Ages? Or TOSH 1.0 constantly making sexual references to his preferred form of sex, anal? We need to go back to the old days when TV had regulated content
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Nov 17, 2010
We need to go back to the old days when TV had regulated content
Don't like it? Don't let your kids watch it. Comcast provides a lockout, go configure it.
Ravenrant
not rated yet Nov 18, 2010
Right, and you think all parents do that?
eats_tribbles
not rated yet Nov 18, 2010
I read my father's playboys as a kid. Should we blame the publishers for poor material control? The closet door company for not installing locks? Hiding these things does not nullify their availability in the home. when it comes in by the front door by key, there can be no question as to culpability. Inaction, indifference, ignorance and hypocrisy constitute the lever by which responsibility is thrust upon society to compensate for poor parenting.

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