Originally published: August 31, 2009
Last updated: August 31, 2009 - 8:39pm
The Federal Communications Commission's report to Congress on video content-management technologies identifies a number of questions the Commission believes need more study:
To what extent are parents aware of the control technologies that exist today?
Does parental awareness differ among media?
Are there reasons besides lack of awareness that keep parents from using these technologies? If so, what are they, and do they differ among media?
It appears that adoption of control technologies may be greater for the Internet than for broadcasting and other traditional media sources: Why is this so? A
re there data to determine the pace of innovation in parental control technologies, whether innovation is proceeding at a pace consistent with other consumer technologies, and whether evolving needs of parents, caregivers, and children are being satisfied in a timely manner?
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller welcomed the report, but added, "I believe more must be done - by the industry, by the FCC, and by the Congress - to provide simple ways for families to control and monitor their children's screen time. We must offer the tools and policies that make it easy for people to be good parents and oversee the viewing that goes on in their homes. We must do more than simply gather information and hope this alone protects our children. For this reason, I look forward to the FCC's next action in this area."
Apparently, the FCC is planning an event in September to help parents and kids navigate the state of the art in content-management technologies and help parents better understand where there kids are going online.
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