All Children - Whether
animated or live-action, the themes and elements in this program are
specifically designed for a very young audience, including children from
ages 2 - 6.
Directed to Older Children -
Designed for children age 7 and above. It may be more appropriate for
children who have acquired the developmental skills needed to distinguish
between make-believe and reality.
Directed to Older Children /
Fantasy Violence - Fantasy violence may be more intense or more
combative than other programs in this category
General Audience - Most
parents would find this program suitable for all ages. Although this
rating does not signify a program designed specifically for children, most
parents may let younger children watch this program unattended.
Parental Guidance Suggested
- Contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
Many parents may want to watch it with their younger children. This
program contains one or more of the following: moderate
violence (V), some sexual situations (S), infrequent coarse language (L),
or some suggestive dialogue (D).
Parents Strongly Cautioned -
strongly urged not to allow children under the age of 14 watch unattended.
This program contains one or more of the following: intense violence (V),
intense sexual situations (S), strong coarse language (L), or intensely
suggestive dialogue (D).
Mature Audience Only - Designed
to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under
17. This program contains one or more of the following: graphic violence
(V), explicit sexual activity (S), or crude indecent language (L).
are programs rated? Programs
are voluntarily rated by the broadcast and cable television networks.
the same program week after week carry the same rating? Programs are rated by episode and, therefore, may carry a different
rating based on the content.
commercials rated? Television advertising is not rated.
do you find a program's rating?
1) Local newspaper listing 2) TV Guide 3) On-screen display at the
beginning of each show 4) On-screen cable program guide. Additionally,
some television broadcast and cable networks list the program ratings on
their Web sites.
is the rating displayed on the TV?
A rating icon appears in the upper left hand corner at the start of the
program. If the program is more than one hour, the icon will reappear at
the beginning of the second hour.
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