One or more letters may be added to the basic rating to indicate that
a show contains higher levels of violence, sex, adult language or suggestive
S - sexual situations
L - coarse or crude indecent language
D - suggestive dialogue (usually means talk about sex)
FV - fantasy violence
This program is designed to be appropriate for 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. This program is not expected to frighten younger children.
need to know: Not all TV-Y shows are violence-free. Some shows
with cartoon violence are rated TV-Y, such as the "Road Runner"
cartoons. There is no content rating to let you know if a TV-Y show contains
to Older Children
This program is 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. Themes and elements in this program may
include mild fantasy or comedic violence, or may frighten children under
the age of 7. Therefore, parents may wish to consider the suitability of
this program for their very young children.
What you need to know: TV-Y7 shows that contain a lot of fantasy
violence are supposed to be labeled with the "FV" rating. But
even some TV-Y7 shows without the FV label may contain fantasy or comedic
violence that could be of concern to some parents, although it is usually
much milder than in those shows with the FV rating.
to Older Children-Fantasy Violence
For those programs where fantasy violence may be more intense or more combative
than other programs in the TV-Y7 category, such programs will be designated
need to know: A TV-Y7-FV rating indicates a program that may contain
some of all of the following characteristics: violence as a prevalent
feature of the program; fighting presented in an exciting-even thrilling-way;
villains and superheros valued for their combat abilities; violent acts
glorified; and violence depicted as an acceptable and even effective solution
to a problem. Fantasy violence may be part of an animated cartoon, a live-action
show, or a program that combines both animation and live-action.
Most parents would find this program appropriate 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. It
contains little or no violence, no strong language, and little or no sexual
dialogue or situations.
need to know: Most TV-G shows don't contain any sex, violence,
or adult language at all. Those that do have such content are usually
mild. There are no content ratings used on TV-G shows to let you know
if they do contain such content.
This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger
children. The theme itself may call for parental guidance and/or the program
contains one or more of the following: moderate violence (V), some sexual
situations (S), infrequent coarse language (L), or some suggestive dialogue
need to know: Many TV-PG shows do contain moderate levels of sexual
dialogue or violence, and not all of them are labeled with the content
ratings. TV-PG shows with higher levels of sex, violence or adult language
are usually labeled with content labels.
This program contains some material that parents would find unsuitable for
children under 14 years of age. Parents are strongly urged to exercise greater
care in monitoring this program and are cautioned against letting 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).
need to know: Most TV-14 shows contain sex, violence or adult language.
Not all of those shows are labeled with the content descriptors. TV-14
shows with the highest levels of sex, violence or adult language are usually
labeled with the content ratings. A TV-14 rating without content labels
may also indicate a program with a mature theme.
This program is specifically 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).
need to know: Very few shows are labeled TV-MA.
From The V-Chip
Education Project's "Parents Guide to the TV Ratings and V-Chip"
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