Minors tune in to sex shows
CYBER experts have warned children are getting unchecked access to mature movies filled with gratuitous violence and sex scenes on television networks’ digital libraries.
Programs usually hidden from children through latenight programming are now available at the click of a button through apps on smart TVs and tablets.
Any child with an email address can access mature- age content on SBS On Demand and ABC iView including one movie – Lila Says – which portrays a 16- year- old girl who is addicted to sex.
The French movie, rated MA15+, is advertised via the SBS On Demand website alongside The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and a horror film featuring scantily clad women titled Strippers vs Werewolves.
ABC iView features The Inbetweeners, rated M, and a documentary titled The Best Songs to Have Sex To.
SBS has been buying the rights to hours of content from around the world to stock in their online library accessible for free.
Films are separated into categories such as ‘ Get a Room’ and ‘ French Frisson’, nearly all of which feature sexual themes and sex scenes.
Both stations declined to comment on measures taken to block children.
Australia’s top cyber safety expert, Sharon McLean, said catch- up television meant restricted classifications could be viewed by kids at any time of the day.
“On free to air TV, the adult content has to come on after 9.30pm at night, but the other platforms don’t because they can put what they watch whenever they want online,” she said.
“She said catch up television posed a problem for parents because children often bragged to their peers about inappropriate content they had watched.
“One kid watches it and tells someone else, who tells two more and suddenly it is a contagion – things move at a very fast speed.
“In the old days if you missed a TV show on Channel 9, well too bad you missed it, but now they can catch it. It is still going to be available.
“Exposing your brain to stuff that you’re not developed enough to understand is detrimental to young minds, and it manifests in poor social skills and other problems.
“There has always been inappropriate content on TV, but with the internet and all the streaming services, anyone can watch it the next day.”
Foxtel, partly owned by News Corp Australia, has a Parental Control function which lets users restrict programs by classification and put PIN locks on purchases.
EXPOSING YOUR BRAIN TO STUFF THAT YOU’RE NOT DEVELOPED ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND, IS DETRIMENTAL TO YOUNG MINDS CYBER SAFETY EXPERT SHARON MCLEAN