Warning: Be wary of webisodes

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

SmartPhone TVA television watchdog group says as broadcast networks continue to offer more programming online, it will likely mean more profanity and other indecent content will be more accessible to kids.

Melissa Henson with the Parents Television Council explains that networks are able to do things with their websites that they aren't able to do over the air because they are still beholden to broadcast decency laws.

"They'll put an edited version of a TV show on air, for example," she begins, "and then maybe [they'll] have a director's cut or an unedited version or extended version of the same episode available online where they can get away with a lot more and there are fewer barriers to kids' ability to access the content."

Henson tells OneNewsNow that just ABC recently launched a new line of ten-minute (or less) shows intended to be watched on smartphones – and at least one of those contained some profanity that wasn't edited out.

The PTC spokeswoman says the networks should hear from concerned parents.

Henson, Melissa (PTC)"We need to be telling the networks that we don't want this kind of content, we don't appreciate it, we don't want our kids having access to it," she urges. "Putting pressure on them and their sponsors to increase the barriers – to make it harder for kids to get access to this kind of content – [encourages] them to not make it available in the first place."

Henson says the Disney-owned network is showing a distinct lack of concern for the many young viewers who may watch this content.

Both NBC and CBS are also generating their own "webisodes," as they've come to be called.

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