An organization advocating for responsible entertainment claims
a new study reveals that the current TV rating system is
inadequate. Parent's Television Council conducted the survey and
has this report.
Television Council's study, "What Kids Can See When It's Rated TV-PG,"
examines the type and amount of explicit content in PG-rated
television shows that aired during primetime within a two-week
period in 2011.
Dan Isett, PTC's director of
public policy, says the study shows that the ratings in
many instances were inadequate and failed to reflect the type
or amount of adult-themed content within the show.
"Nearly 11 times an hour, shows would contain certain types
of explicit adult-level type of material, whether that be sexual
and violent or language," he tells OneNewsNow. "So unfortunately,
we still have the situation where the rating system is in dire need
PTC has sent letters to Congress and the Federal Communication
Commission, expressing concern about the rating system.
"It's time for the FCC and Capitol Hill to look more closely at
these issues to say, Ok, here we are 15 years after the
fact. Are parents really better off than they were? And if not,
what better solutions can be offered?" Isett suggests. "It's
time really to have a national discussion about this lingering
problem of all-too-graphic content on television and how to protect
children from it. It's really that simple."
During a two-week period surveyed, PTC found that a child would
have been exposed to explicit adult content every five and a half