LOS ANGELES—The Parents Television and Media Council (PTC) has welcomed Hulu’s decision to update its parental controls by adding PIN-restrictions to prevent kids from flipping between child and adult profiles. The PTC had asked Hulu to make after finding that Hulu’s parental controls were the worst of all the top streaming platforms.
“We are glad Hulu made an improvement to its parental controls by adding PIN-restrictions to a user’s profile,” said PTC president Tim Winter. “This is a simple, yet critical, change that we had urged Hulu to implement after our research found were extremely lax compared to other top streamers.”
Winter warned however that “Hulu still has to make significant improvements to make its parental controls as good as or better than the other top streamers. For instance, children can still access age-inappropriate PG-13 and TV-14-rated content through a ‘kid’ profile, and Hulu should work on a solution to prevent that from happening. Even a ‘teen’ profile allows the user to access TV-MA or R-rated content. With Hulu’s platform containing adult content like ‘teen comedy’ `PEN15,' `A Teacher,' `Harlots,' among others, it is imperative that Disney-owned Hulu is prioritizing child safety.”
“All streaming platforms should work together to develop and implement standardized industry best practices for parental controls, given the lack of uniformity between platforms,” Winter continued. “Parents should be able to trust that all platforms are prioritizing consistent parental controls, especially given the popularity of streaming. Just as car manufacturers must meet the same safety criteria, so should streamers with influential – and potentially harmful – content.”
The Parents Television and Media Council was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media and currently has more than 1.4 million members.
George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.
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