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Press Release

October 2, 2008

PTC Applauds U.S. Senators for Passing the Child Safe Viewing Act


LOS ANGELES (October 2, 2008) – The Parents Television Council™ praised the efforts of the U.S. Senate to protect children from indecent content on television and on the Internet. Yesterday, the Senate unanimously passed the Child Safe Viewing Act (S. 602) sponsored by Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark.). The bill will require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to explore new technology and review current blocking devices, such as the V-chip, that are designed to help parents monitor their kids’ media consumption.

“We commend the leadership of Senator Pryor and his colleagues for recognizing the disconnect between the faulty tools that parents have to block inappropriate content from their homes and the more meaningful resources that could easily be made available,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


“The unanimous passage of the Child Safe Viewing Act is a clear message to the television networks and to the FCC that our elected representatives understand the significance of this issue. We encourage members of the House of Representatives to move swiftly to consider this Senate bill.

“In order to work properly, blocking technologies like the industry-touted V-chip rely on an accurate ratings system. But the PTC has demonstrated time and time again in its reports that the TV ratings system is not only arbitrary, but blatantly inaccurate and clearly biased since the TV networks are left alone to rate their own shows.


“Parents deserve more than dated tools that rely on inaccurate ratings. This legislation is an important first step towards the implementation of more functional and reliable solutions for parents and families. We applaud the Congress for its commitment to better empower parents to protect their children from explicit content,” Winter concluded.

To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext. 140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.



The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.




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