This packet presents information about how TV shows are rated and the history behind these ratings. Students are asked to explore http://www.tvguidelines.org to learn more information about the V-Chip and what each rating means.
Responding to requests by parents' organizations and member of Congress, in January 1997 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began requiring television broadcasters to post a rating of the content of each television program. (Don't confuse this with Nielsen ratings, which measure the number of viewers.) Some groups thought the content ratings did not give parents enough information about the content of the shows, so in October 1997, broadcasters added content advisories.
When a TV program comes on the air, the appropriate letters are supposed to appear on the left corner of the screen for the first 15 seconds. If the program is more than an hour long, the letters should reappear at the start of the second hour. Many programs also display the rating again after a commercial.
Visit the following website to learn more about TV ratings:
Click on "Home" "The Ratings" and "FAQS."
The TV Parental Guideline Ratings System was modeled after movie ratings to give parents easy-to-follow warnings regarding the content and age-appropriateness of TV programs. Ratings apply to all programs except sports and news shows.
TV Ratings are broken down into two basic parts: Age-Appropriate Guidelines and Content Descriptors. Age-Appropriate Guidelines: Provide a guideline to the age-appropriateness of TV shows.