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Porn on YouTube

Last Updated: April 15, 2015

Luke Gilkerson

Luke Gilkerson has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and an MA in Religion. He is the author of Coming Clean: Overcoming Lust Through Biblical Accountability and The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality. Luke and his wife Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com

Recently the Media Research Center (MRC), one of the largest media watchdog groups in America, put out an official report about the volume of soft-core pornography on YouTube. Read the Executive Summary and the Full Report on the Culture and Media Institute website. Bear in mind: the report itself is quite explicit in its findings. Reader discretion is advised.

CMI looked at the most popular search results for the word “porn” – yielding 157 videos that each had more than 1 million views. While YouTube blocks actual nudity, there are many videos, images, and words adults would find objectionable.

  • Searching the word “porn” returns more than 330,000 results, many of which are sexually suggestive in their language and themes.
  • Two-thirds of the 157 “porn” videos advertise themselves as being actual pornography.
  • Many videos feature clips from actual porn movies, interviews with porn stars, advertisements for porn sites, and phone sex lines.
  • Profanity is also commonplace in the titles and comments for the videos

The CMI recommends that parents monitor their children when it comes to YouTube, and remember that even seemingly harmless videos and search terms can have bad results.

One way a parent can do these things is by installing a good accountability software option. Encourage open communication in the home about what is seen and heard online. Nurture an at-home culture of accountability, especially when it comes to media. Covenant Eyes Accountability Software does an excellent job rating not only the videos watched, but also the related items on every single Web page (such as links, comments, and “related videos”).

  • Comments on: Porn on YouTube
    1. Rose on

      Is the covenant eyes software that we have the same as covenant eyes accountability software? I didn’t realize it rated individual videos. I just thought it says “You Tube”

      Reply
      • Luke Gilkerson on

        @Rose – Yes. It is the same. Our rating system examines everything on a Web page: so on a YouTube video it will rate any text on the page (including comments made by others, titles of related videos, etc.), and any links to other places on YouTube. For this reason some video pages will rate higher than others. I might also add that these ratings can change over time because content on YouTube changes all the time. Our rating system is dynamic, allowing it to be flexible with rapidly changing video networks, like YouTube.

      • melvin schooler on

        I am confused if it helps in the case of all the you tubes showing young girls in gymnastics etc…..this is where my problem lies.

      • Chris McKenna on

        Hi, Melvin – it sounds like you know the problem. So, now it’s time to get serious and get rid of YouTube. Can you do that?

    2. JohnnyChristlike on

      Yeah, YouTube can be dangerous. I generally don’t browse the site. I only visit if there’s something specific I’m looking for. Browsing and looking at peoples profiles will only get you into trouble.

      Reply
    3. Stephanie on

      There is a person on YouTube that has put up a dirty picture on his profile I found out through a ten year old friend of mine. It’s of two anime characters having sex.

      I understand he hates anime BUT he should not be putting Lewd picture up for kids to see.

      Reply
    4. Carrie on

      Luke-
      Whenever I see YouTube on a report, it doesn’t always report videos watched. I’ve tested it, it often says something like http://www.youtube.com/API or something along those lines. Is there a reason for this?

      Reply
      • Luke Gilkerson on

        Hi Carrie. One possibility is that the person using YouTube is logged into YouTube at the time. This means all the web addresses are “secure” or hidden. We are actually working on some report improvements that will solve for that. Do you want me to keep you posted as improvements are released?

    5. Carrie on

      Yes please do! The person was logged in you are correct- good thing I know YouTube keeps a history. Lol. Also, does Facebook do the same? Pages visited aren’t necessarily working either

      Reply
      • Luke Gilkerson on

        Facebook is exactly the same, yes.

    6. Godchan on

      I started a site youtube-porn tumblr, I haven’t had any problem finding videos. But when I post them they do get deleted.

      Reply
    7. emily mann on

      Hi im trying to help my bf block youtube…like put it on the block list and it wont work! how do i do this?

      Reply
      • Annelise Hoshal on

        Hello Emily,

        Thank you for contacting us! There are some secondary URLs that will also need to be added to the block list in order to block youtube. Please contact our Customer Service 877.479.1119 and we will be more than happy to assist you!

        Best regards,
        Annelise

    8. Amy on

      What about sites that are allowed but they have videos embedded that are inappropriate? How do we block those? Sports sites commonly have this.

      Reply
      • Chris McKenna on

        Hi Amy – YouTube is a stinker. It is very, very hard to control all of its content. Another software that we sometimes recommend specifically for YouTube issues is Mobicip (http://protectyoungeyes.com/content/mobicip-software/) which does a really good job blocking inappropriate YouTube thumbnail images embedded in other sites. You might give it a try on whatever device you’re allowing children to use. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

        Peace, Chris
        Covenant Eyes

    9. Tracy Lemke on

      My son’s settings for covenant eyes are “teen.” I want my son to be able to access you tube without access to inappropriate videos. It is not blocking anything on you tube. Please help.

      Tracy

      Reply
      • Chris McKenna on

        Hi, Tracy – it sounds like you are also using our filter. YouTube is rated teen and so at that setting, it is allowed to be watched, but we do not block individual videos within YouTube. Is he using a mobile device for the viewing? One of our Customer Service Reps can walk you through any other questions you might have (tel:877.479.1119).

        Peace, Chris

    10. Mary P on

      My son had no problem looking up and watching explicit videos on you tube on our laptop qith covenant eyes installed. It never flagged us at all. The filter is at mature teen. I was horrified when I logged into his you tube account. Why is that?l

      Reply
      • Chris McKenna on

        Hi, Mary – YouTube is tough, and without being on the phone with you to diagnose the problem, I’ll give you some things to consider. Even after reading these, you might want to call CE customer service at 1-877-479-1119.

        A few suggestions I have: If you don’t see the videos on the report, then try lowering the report Sensitivity Level to Teen. That way ANY YouTube activity will now show up on the report. The second suggestion I have is enabling the ‘Restricted Mode’ on YouTube. This will help restrict a user from viewing pornographic videos. The restricted mode is not the end all be all, it too does have its flaws, but it is better than nothing.

        I hope that helps. When someone is logged in to YouTube, it’s a secured connection (https://) which blocks our view into the exact title visited. But, anything with a highly mature title should still flag. The problem comes when someone puts a porn video behind the title, “Cute Kittens”. Video creators know this.

        This is where restricted mode, locked in, becomes the best way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXk5-QUMAo8

        Best, Chris

    11. Douglas Ray Adams on

      We have Covenant Eyes on our laptops and it has been a life and marriage saver. The problem is that I have signed up for some graduate level courses that uses You Tube for its video lectures which I cannot view. Is there a safe way I can access them?

      Reply
      • Chris McKenna on

        Hi, Douglas – I’m sorry for the delay responding to you. Have you called customer service to talk through a possible solution? 877-479-1119. Also, maybe you arrange for some special provisions from your spouse to allow access through another device, assuming that it’s monitored? I hope you can find a solution.

        Chris

    12. David Magara on

      Hey guys, thank you for this service.

      I live in Australia and I’m benefiting greatly from your hard work in making this platform work. I’m having some trouble with Youtube though. Is there a way that I can maybe just completely block the site?

      David

      Reply
      • Chris McKenna on

        Hi, David – what kind of device do you have? You’ll want to include YouTube in your block list. For help with doing that, please call customer service at 877-479-1119 and they’ll be happy to help.

        Chris

    13. Robert on

      youtube videos that have a conservative slant are now blocked. Channels such as Mark Dice or next news network. Also I can not comment or read comments anymore. All comments are blocked. My wife raised my level to mature with no affect.

      Reply
      • Chris McKenna on

        Hi, Robert – thank you for your patience. We are in the process of changing the YouTube restrictions right now.
        Chris

    14. Marine on

      Hi,
      Does covenant eyes do screenshots on youtube videos, when the videos are watched in the youtube app on an iphone?
      Thanks

      Reply
      • Moriah Dufrin on

        Hi Marine,

        Great question! As of right now, we cannot screenshot within apps on an iPhone. For other devices, we can, but not for iPhone yet. We plan to keep our members posted on updates to this. Our hope is that someday we will be able to.

        Blessings!
        Moriah

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