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Keeping Hubpages Safe for Children

  1. Guru-C profile image54
    Guru-Cposted 8 years ago

    Just wondering how to make sure no ads with adult content show up on a page oriented towards families.  Have a hub about the Saturday morning cartoon "Horseland" and how my baby sister, Mishy, plays the voice of Angora the Cat. 

    Checked in to see how I could improve the page and to my stunned dismay, the Adsene ad at top looked beautiful, but advertised adult publishing.


    So I turned off the ads completely because I believe kids surfing the net in search of their fave cartoon character shouldn't have to learn that side of life from me :-(


    Thanks and Best Wishes,

  2. relache profile image88
    relacheposted 8 years ago

    Since Hub pages does not allow adult content, I'm really quite curious as to what sort of ad you saw on your Hub.  Care to elaborate?

    Added:  having just looked at the Hub, I have a very good idea what tags might have brought up something adult-ish but I'd like you to describe what you saw before I offer further feedback just to be sure.

  3. Guru-C profile image54
    Guru-Cposted 8 years ago

    Dear Relache,

    Thank you so much for responding and also for visiting!

    The ad was a changing banner.  Very attractive graphics.  Nothing unseemly.  (At first, I actually thought they were cartoon related!)  Just a small line of type that said something like "Adult publishing".

    I would very much appreciate knowing the key words in question!!!

    Thanks again!

    Best Wishes,

  4. relache profile image88
    relacheposted 8 years ago

    I used to work for a company that sold the books put out by the exact type of company you saw advertised.  I believe the words causing the problem are "omaha" and "the cat" especially when used in a stand-alone fashion.  There is a very well-known and popular comic book/graphic novel that will turn 20 years old next year titled "Omaha the Cat Dancer."  It's got anthropomorphic/furry characters and mature themes. (those of you who are curious can search out further details for yourselves)

    I think you need to use more key phrases and not use those words by themselves.  For example, "the cat" actually isn't specific to your topic, but "angora the cat" is.  "Omaha" might be any "Omaha" but having "Omaha Nebraska" lowers the chances of any other variation.  I'm not sure if "cartoon" alone could trigger a strong enough match to draw that sort of ad (as comics also used to be called cartoons), but "animated tv show" or "kids cartoon" would be safer.

    Although Google and HubPages eschew things that are considered hardcore pornography, both still have a lot of material that is not appropriate for children.

  5. Guru-C profile image54
    Guru-Cposted 8 years ago

    Dear Relache:

    This is great, valuable information!!!!

    Thank you so much!!!!

    Best Wishes,

  6. relache profile image88
    relacheposted 8 years ago

    Glad I could be of help, Cory!  That's not the sort of thing that someone would guess out of the blue. 

    Let me know if changing the tags works for you.

    - Rachel