This discussion topic is in partnership with ParentPort, a website run by the UK's media regulators. They set and enforce standards across the media to protect children from inappropriate material.

FREEVIEW ADULT CHANNELS - PORN?

(70 Posts)
CityGirls Fri 18-Feb-11 20:50:48

I would be interested to hear people's views on the accessibility of the ADULT CHANNEL section currently on FREEVIEW.
Whilst I believe that people should have the right to choose if they watch this material I don't think terrestial tv is the right platform on which to broadcast it. My concerns are that this material is too freely available to the Under 18 age group. I don't think that Parental Control Pin Numbers are a viable option of control either. Surely this material should be available by registration only so that the viewer has to prove he/she is over 18yrs?
From what I have seen from these adult/chat channels they really don't give out a good message to young people who are learning about sex and are impressionable.
What do you think? Should they stay / go / have more restrictions to programme content?

curlymama Fri 18-Feb-11 20:57:13

Why don't you think the parental control pin is enough?

I don't know how it works on freeview, but on Sky you have to be old enough to buy the package, so you have the opportunity to set a pin as soon as the system is installed. As long as under 18's, or under 16's really, can't access it, I don't see the problem.

FellatioNelson Fri 18-Feb-11 20:59:07

Agree with you, but frankly what can be accessed on TV with or without pin numbers and registrations is nothing compared to what can be found with the click of a mouse, so it's a moot point really. sad

I am fairly ambivalent about porn, but I do really worry about how readily available internet access to it is skewing our children's perceptions of what constitutes a 'normal' sex life.

CityGirls Fri 18-Feb-11 21:07:29

Yes, porn on the internet is freely available so why make terrestrial tv yet another platform to easily access it. A young child is much more likely to scroll down to adult channels than they are to log into a computer and type in something relating to porn. Whilst I'm sure most responsible parents will have these channels blocked etc., there are many more ' none IT savvy'parents who won't know how to block them thus leaving children vulnerable and these channels accessible. Leave this material to the magazines and internet, we don't want it beamed into our homes unless we decide to subscribe to it.

ThePosieParker Fri 18-Feb-11 21:09:31

Even if they can't see it they can see the image. And I also object to trailers of adult(not porn just grown up) films when searching for a family movie on Virgin.

HecateQueenOfWitches Fri 18-Feb-11 21:12:13

Well, since the adult channels don't broadcast until after 8 or 10pm, I would hope that young children are not actually alone in the room with the remote control at that time of night!

I think that there is nothing wrong with having the option to purchase adult tv. It may be better to do it in the same way as the box office movies - ie until purchased you only get the write up.

CityGirls Fri 18-Feb-11 21:14:27

In an ideal world we would like to think that all children are fast asleep before 10pm but sadly that is not the case.

HecateQueenOfWitches Fri 18-Feb-11 21:17:00

So what you are really asking is how can we protect children from the inappropriate things they may be exposed to as a result of piss poor parenting?

Short answer - we can't.

flabbyapronbelly Fri 18-Feb-11 21:22:17

I agree. Some channels with girls in bra's chatting in a phone lying on a bed are on at about 6pm. My daughter (4.5) has managed to turn over to this. To do a pin on 30+ channels took forever!

squeakytoy Fri 18-Feb-11 21:24:23

Keep the tv remote out of the hand of small children.

Set up parental blocks.

Adults should be able to watch what they want when they want, and parents should be able to monitor what their children watch.

CityGirls Fri 18-Feb-11 21:24:24

I agree there will always be examples of 'piss poor parenting' but we need to try and make a stand against this sort of thing, we can't afford to become complacent. We're probably fighting a losing battle but it's worth a fight.
Leaving adult dvds/videos/magazines lying around the home for kids to find is 'piss poor parenting' but broadcasters being allowed to beam this into our homes with no good restrictions is so wrong.

On virgin media you can hide all adult channels, so if you scroll to them there is no image, just 'enter pin' screen.

CityGirls Fri 18-Feb-11 21:32:50

SKY, VIRGIN etc are all subscription services however FREEVIEW is what it says....FREE. You just switch on and hey presto..PORN. Ok, you can delete/add pin numbers to the adult channels but as I said before, not all adults/parents are I.T savvy.
I would like to see these services restricted until the adults watching can subscribe to the service proving their age.

Try living in the Netherlands. We get porn on the regular TV channels. Fortunately DS is as yet too young but I've had an extremely shocked MIL to deal with. Even I've been pissed off by it as I do not expect those kind of adverts during Pride and Prejudice. Who the hell was the target audience then?! confused

bumpsnowjustplump Fri 18-Feb-11 21:42:16

I have freeview does that mean I get free porn shock I have never seen any

PigValentine Fri 18-Feb-11 21:42:39

I've got Freeview - I didn't know we had any free porn channels - you get a message saying you have to subscribe. Unless you mean those stupid Babestation channels.They're only on after midnight though aren't they? I can't say either DS has ever managed to put one on accidentally, although DS1 has managed to rent things on BT vision, quite inexplicably.

CityGirls Fri 18-Feb-11 21:49:48

Yes, I mean the Babestation ones. Not quite hardcore porn but definitely pushing it. There are about 6 or 7 channels showing this material from 10pm through to 5/6am. I can't believe they are allowed on at 5/6am when toddlers are up and about. Ok, so not all toddlers turn the telly on but some can and do! Do you really want them to find these channels while looking for c-beebies etc!!!

FrottageCod Fri 18-Feb-11 22:22:23

It is possible to set up your sky planner to not include such channels

ilovemyhens Fri 18-Feb-11 22:52:36

You can delete channels from your freeview box.

We deleted about 40% of the available channels including mtv and the porn/sexchat stuff.

It's easy enough to do.

ThatBloke Sat 19-Feb-11 08:04:15

Good point ilovemyhens. Watch out for automatic channel updates, may reset any user settings.

Frottage, there is an option to hide adult channels under the parental controls menu.

camdancer Sat 19-Feb-11 08:20:49

Like ilovemyhens, I just delete those channels from my freeview box. It's annoying that it has to be done every time I retune but it is very easy to do. I also get rid of the shopping channels as I think they are too much of a risk also.

But have you ever actually watched any of these stations. They are basically women sitting around rubbing their boobs trying to look sexy in an obviously cold studio. My DH and I had a bit of a look (just to see what they are like of course) and we thought they were about as sexy as washing the dishes. (Which neither of us find at all sexy - just incase you were wondering!) So although I don't really want my preschoolers watching it, I'm not really that fussed. I'd be more concerned by something like Sex and the City.

smokingnuns Sat 19-Feb-11 14:40:08

Never mind just children - I find it offensive that so many of these channels are available on the freeview package full stop.

ladyfirenze Sat 19-Feb-11 14:43:58

why do we have them in the first bloody place though? imo it would be better if they had to be opted into. even if they are free.

RayneStorm Sat 19-Feb-11 18:01:00

I take no issue with it. I think parental PINs are fine as long as you don't underestimate your child's intelligence and use your birthday etc.

CityGirls Sun 20-Feb-11 01:28:25

I don't feel that parental PINs are good enough to be honest. There are ways round this if young teenage boys (or girls) are curious and want to watch. The best thing is for these channels to have an 'opt in' rule.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now