TV content ratings system has failed children according to US study

TV content ratings system has failed children according to US study

A study conducted by the Parents TV Council claims information systems, which is meant to protect younger spectators from seeing inappropriate content, misleads parents

Parents are not able to attain informed choice about what to allow their children to watch because of flaws in the current Tv content ratings system, according to a study conducted by an advocacy group.

The Parents TV Council, a non-partisan education organization whose mission is to protect children and families from graphic sexuality, violence and profanity in the media, because of their proven long-term harmful effects, has conducted a study on the commercial broadcast networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox to mark the 20 th anniversary of information systems. The outcomes deem the system inadequate for protecting children from graphic sex, violence and profanity on television.

Parents who rely on the TV content ratings system to stimulate informed choice about what to watch on television have been misled, as our new research shows that the ratings system has systemically failed to provide accurate and consistent information for its entire 20 -year existence, said the PTC president, Tim Winter, in a statement.

Chief among the findings: currently , no G-rated( appropriate for all audiences) regularly scheduled series air during prime time; there are few programs on prime time broadcast television rated TV-PG; and few differences between the content of programs rated TV-PG and those rated TV-1 4.

The implications in our report are enormous and should give the TV industry significant intermission, Winter said. The industry should have to answer as to why TV-G-rated primetime series are extinct; why the lines between TV-PG and TV-1 4 presents are blurred; why more adult content is being are available on TV-PG depicts; why nudity and violence are increasing on broadcast Tv overall.

The system dates back two decades, when it was created and implemented under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to block inappropriate programs from the eyes of children. This latest analyze marks PTCs seventh stab at exposing why it believes the system to be a failing and the previous six were similarly harsh.

In its study, PTC argues that the Tv ratings review board should be completely independent of the entertainment industry. Currently, it is administered by the Tv networks themselves.

TV networks rate their own presents, creating an inherent conflict of interest, Winter states. You dont assure any TV-MA rated( the highest adult TV rating) proves on broadcast Tv. Its not that some of the displays dont warrant the MA rating, its that the networks are financially motivated not to rate programs properly because most corporate sponsors wont publicize on M-Arated programs.

PTC calls for an overhaul, saying: Congress, the FCC, public health advocates, and mothers must insist that the TV content ratings system be accountable to the public and meet the needs of the parents and families it was intended to serve.

Recently, PTC criticized ABCs Biblical drama Of Kings and Prophets for not being family-friendly due to its graphic content.

The real question here is, why wouldnt ABC and the presents producers want to reach the largest audience possible by making a series based on the Bible able to be viewed by families? said Winter in March.

This further demonstrates a disconnection between what the entertainment industry wants to produce and what household audiences want to consume.

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