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About the TV Ratings and V-Chip

With an increasing number of TV channels and programs coming into our homes each day, it can be hard for parents to monitor what their children are watching. Many parents are concerned about their young children watching programs with content that’s more suitable for older children or adults.

That’s why the television industry designed a TV ratings system to give parents more information about the content and age-appropriateness of TV programs. These ratings, called the TV Parental Guidelines, are modeled after the familiar movie ratings which parents have known and valued for nearly 30 years. They are designed to be simple to use, easy to understand and handy to find. The Guidelines apply to all television programs, including those directed specifically to young children. Sports and news shows will not carry the Guidelines.

The TV Parental Guidelines can be used in conjunction with the V-Chip – a device built into most newer television sets – to allow parents to block out programs they don’t want their children to see. The V-Chip electronically reads television-programming ratings and allows parents to block programs they believe are unsuitable for their children.

The TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board comprises a broad range of experts drawn from the television industry to make sure that there is as much uniformity and consistency in applying the Parental Guidelines as is possible. The Board examines programs whose ratings may have been inappropriate to ensure the accuracy of the Guidelines. Individuals can contact the Board via mail, phone or e-mail to voice complaints.

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Today’s families have many entertainment choices available to them. There are well-known parental guideline systems in place for movies, records, television and video games that offer parents and caregivers advance, cautionary information so they can better supervise their children’s choices.

With this Web site, the entertainment industry has come together to provide a central resource for parents and caregivers seeking more information about these guidelines.