TV Rating Systems - Like the movie rating system,
the TV rating system alerts parents and viewers in general of the content of the
programs they are about to watch.
Established in January 1997, the system categories included these labels
- TV-G: General audience-this program is suitable for all ages
- TV-PG: parental guidance suggested-this program may contain some material
(language, limited violence, some sexual content) unsuitable for younger
- TV-14: Parents strongly cautioned-this program may contain some material
unsuitable for kids under 14, such as more intense violence, sexual content or
- TV-M: Mature audience only-this program is designed for adults and may be
unsuitable for children under 17...may contain mature themes, graphic
violence, explicit sexual content or vulgar language.
Two other categories TV-Y and TV-Y7 were designed for Kids programming.
- TV-Y: This program is designed to be appropriate for all children
- TV-Y7: This program may include mild physical comedic violence, or may
frighten children under the age of 7.
- TV-Y7-FV: This program may contain fantasy violence.
For easy identification, the TV ratings label is displayed in the upper left
hand corner of the TV screen at the beginning of a program.
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