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Blocking YouTube?

I recently started using Virgin Media for my broadband, and was pleased to find that sites containing adult content are blocked by default.

However, I have discovered that YouTube is not blocked by default even though it contains very strong adult content.  How am I able to restrict access to YouTube?  Is Virgin Media aware that YouTube contains this kind of content?

 

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james_drogan wrote:

I recently started using Virgin Media for my broadband, and was pleased to find that sites containing adult content are blocked by default.

However, I have discovered that YouTube is not blocked by default even though it contains very strong adult content.  How am I able to restrict access to YouTube?  Is Virgin Media aware that YouTube contains this kind of content?


You can add an exception in the Web Safe control panel to block it on your end - but it won't stop the youtube app. Link: https://my.virginmedia.com/my-apps/onlinesecurity/websafe/settings

YouTube has all kinds of content, most adult content there is locked by login screen requiring you to sign into an google account that has a date of birth > 18 years old.

Blocking youtube across the board would be like blocking Google search, isn't going to happen.

Edit: Added link.

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Unfortunately the content I am referring to was available without requiring an account, and contained graphic pornography. I am disappointed that there is no way to block the YouTube app, this seems counter to Virgin Media's commitment to family safe usage.
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its also near impossible to block everything. if you want to block everything that may have adult content you need to block everything and white list just the child safe sites.

All search engines will need blocking. So will all forums and email.

Adult content shouldn't be freely on youtube so report that to google.
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youtube is not something that could be blocked by your isp, however you may find this interesting.

http://www.wikihow.com/Block-YouTube

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Do as @apcyberax said and use the report button on the offending videos and they'll be reviewed. If the YouTube staff agree with you they'll mark them as age restricted (requiring you to login in with an account with a DOB >= 18 years old.)

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Thanks, I have reported the items as you suggested and they have been removed and the associated accounts closed.

Also, thanks for the Wiki How advice, I shall investigate those solutions.
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After much frustration, I have discovered it is impossible to ensure explicit pornographic content is removed from youtube. By entering a simple search phrase and filtering the results, it is possible to immediatley find this content.  Numerous attempts to resovle this directly with Youtube have failed.

I strongly feel that Virgin Media should take responsibility and add Youtube to the blocked WebSafe list.  I have sent an email to websafefeedback@virginmedia.co.uk, describing precisely how easy it is to access this content.

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I am having similar frustrations and find it appalling that VM have removed the pin code feature from the youtube app.

When I called them, they said it was to do with their licence with the app provider - basically, google are paying them and must have told them to remove the block, which is totally immoral. I've got a totally child friendly network with all sorts of controls, filters, safe browsers and a firewall in place. Whilst it's not perfect, it does mean I can give my kids web access safe in the knowledge they won't stumble across anything too inappropriate. 

Then my TV and Broadband provider circumvents all of that by removing parental controls from the youtube app. It's a joke.

If enough people are as annoyed about this as I am, we can pressure them and get them to change the policy. If anyone is interested in taking this further, please join my other thread. If enough people come together, they will have to listen to us.

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This, unfortunately, is far too simplistic, and where new users fall down.

Kids (especially younger ones) IMO really shouldn't be anywhere near the internet anyway.  All they have to do is search these forums, disable any revised settings by a pinhole reset, delete a hosts file (if you have one; Youtube can be blocked using this method, see http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm; this also blocks a lot of sites you wouldn't want your kids to see.  Note: you may have to faff about a lot if your computer is locked down, booting into safe mode will sort this; unfortunately being yet another way kids can get round security settings) and disable parental controls, and pedantically lock you out.  Failing that, they could just go to an internet cafe or a friend's house with less savvy parents.

If people feel strongly about this, they could change ISP, but the tubes aren't going anywhere, and nor is Google.  The only foolproof way is not to have a computer.







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