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Untangling the Web of Internet Video:

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PTC Report Shows Online Video Providers Are Failing to Protect Kids

In a new report, the Parents Television Council™ found that four of the most popular online distributors of commercially-generated video are failing to protect kids from explicit content. PTC’s report, “Untangling the Web of Internet Video” is the most comprehensive on the matter to date and includes Hulu (NBC/Universal, Fox and Disney/ABC), Fancast (Comcast), /Slashcontrol (AOL) and AT&T. Each provider was graded on the effectiveness of its content ratings, homepage content decency, advertiser accountability and parental controls. 

 

“Most parents understand that the Internet can be a dangerous place for children to consume video entertainment. With just a few clicks of the computer mouse a child can unwittingly travel from a website that is safe to a site that contains obscene material. That is why many families rely on the websites of mainstream media companies like NBC, Disney and Fox as a relatively safe place for their children to view online video. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of explicit content even on those websites, and some of it is extremely inappropriate for young viewers,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

 

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