NakedNews: ‘Parents should take responsibility’

2010-05-07 17:06

Parents need to exercise responsibility in monitoring what their

children are downloading, a NakedNews spokesperson said in response to claims

that the service poses a “serious risk to children”.

City Press reported that NakedNews planned to launch its first

locally produced clip today – of presenter Amy-Leigh Murphy stripping while

reading the news. Melissa Douman, NakedNews spokesperson, has since said the first

clip would now be available on Monday.


But the Film and Publication Board (FPB) claims it is too easy for

children to access the service, which is available at R10 a week online or on

cellphones.

Sibo Myeni, media spokesperson for the FPB, says NakedNews content

could be considered to be films, since “any moving picture is a film”. As such,

the FPB could classify its content.

However, since it is difficult for the FPB to regulate online

content, it is urging NakedNews to be “more vigilant in measures to regulate the

content”. Myeni says a subscription fee of R10 is not sufficient.

Douman disagrees: “People can only subscribe to the online service

with a valid credit card, limiting it to adults”, she says.

To subscribe via cellphones, subscribers have to accept the terms

and conditions: “You enter into a legal contract to say that you are 18 and

(older), so if you are under 18, you are doing something illegal.”

While she concedes that the subscription fee is low, Douman says

children could just as easily download pornography, which is constantly being

advertised on television.

“There is a big difference between NakedNews and porn...

“Parents need to exercise responsibility in monitoring what their

children are downloading,” she says.

  • According to Douman, NakedNews subscription numbers have

    increased by 10 percent in the last few days – from the initial 1 000.

 

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