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Porn on YouTube

Last Updated: April 15, 2015

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”).

  1. Marine

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

    • Moriah Dufrin

      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

  2. Robert

    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.

    • Chris McKenna

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

  3. David Magara

    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

    • Chris McKenna

      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

  4. Douglas Ray Adams

    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?

    • Chris McKenna

      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

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