Parents Television Council says Disney Plus is good, but not great for families
According to PTC, Disney created a safe platform compared to other streaming services. But Disney could go the extra mile and add more parental controls.
The Parents Television Council celebrated Disney Plus for being “a much safer platform for families than most other streaming services,” even though it still has some hiccups.
“Disney+ is an 80% streaming solution for families, and we applaud the company for its focus on making family-friendly content,” said PTC President Tim Winter in a statement emailed to the Deseret News. “So far, the biggest challenge we see with Disney+ is that it does not include parental controls or content filtering. While the company has promised not to include R-rated content, by its own admission, Disney+ was not designed exclusively for children.”
But Disney Plus is far from an ideal streaming platform for parents and families, according to Winter.
Research from PTC indicates that PG and PG-13 movies might not be appropriate for children. After all, the MPAA allows up to two F-words for PG-13 movies.
“Even titles from Marvel and Star Wars franchises contain higher levels of violence, and some PG-13 titles may include harsher language or profanity, sexual innuendo or suggestive dialogue. To be an even more ideal streaming platform for families, Disney+ must give families the ability to allow filtering,” Winter said.
Disney Plus has added a new warning message for viewers about potentially outdated content on their streaming service, as I reported for the Deseret News. Some older classic films — like “Dumbo,” “The Aristocats,” “The Jungle Book” and the original “Lady and the Tramp” — now have a warning that reads: “This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions.”