Wii Porn: The Next Great Techno Menace
from the protect-the-children dept
A Dallas area news station has come to the amazing discovery that a broadband connected Wii console, using an Opera browser, can access pornography -- something that is clearly a threat to the children. Packed with the same kind of idiotic fear mongering usually reserved for WiFi hotspot stories, the report alerts its readers that the PS3 and Wii are "compatible with sexually-oriented Web sites," making it "easy for kids to access porn." Obviously these consoles are no different than PCs when it comes to browsing, and kids with lazy parents can already easily access porn on the PC their absentee folks leave unmonitored in their bedroom. The story fails to inform the reader that the Wii comes with fairly robust parental controls, which allow parents to limit browsing to just the Nintendo channels, or disable browsing entirely. The story author seems outraged that porn sites are adapting their content for better viewing on the Wii -- because it's apparently bad to cater to the millions of adults who have a taste for both porn and Zelda. Lazy parents tend to use game consoles as babysitters, so it's probably a real downer they'll now be forced to actually understand the technology they're giving their children.