Thank you for your interest in the Parents Television Council.
We'd like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more
about our organization and offer ways that you can get involved
and help to protect your children from entertainment’s negative effects.
Arm Yourself with Information: The PTC aims to provide parents with the tools they need to make informed television viewing
decisions. We do this by monitoring primetime television shows
on broadcast TV and reviewing many PG and G rated movies. We log all content that could be considered
questionable by parents and we give them traffic light
ratings according to the amount of sex, violence, and profanity
incorporated into the series or film.
We also write a short summary of
the series or film and list specific content examples to let parents
know what they can expect when viewing the show or movie with
children. However, our traffic light ratings are not meant to
take the place of the parents' discretion. Each parent should
carefully evaluate the content of the program and decide for
his/her own family what is suitable and what is not. We just hope
to help make those decisions by acting as a quick reference or
Family Guide to Primetime Television
also helps serve as a quick reference for "what's on TV
tonight?" and our
PTC Picks will list some
more options including cable television shows for every day of
Listed in the right-hand column of our
homepage (or under the publications heading in the left menu of
our website), we feature several columns and studies which keep
readers up to date on the latest outrageous TV content and
Best of Broadcast TV column highlights child-friendly programs with positive messages, and which can comfortably be viewed by the entire family. By contrast, the
Worst on Broadcast TV,
Worst on Cable TV
So You Think You Can Rate a TV Show,
TV Trends columns serve to warn parents against programs dangerous for children, describing in detail the violence, sex, profanity, and other negative behaviors shown.
In addition, there are
other columns on entertainment, politics and culture by PTC Founder
L. Brent Bozell;
Parenting and the Media
by Parent Previews founder Rod Gustafson; and
an occasional column which explores various issues related to the entertainment industry.
In addition to our reviews, columns, and studies, we also provide
contact information for the sponsors of the programs and the
networks themselves. There are many times that a parent may see
something inappropriate on television and want to contact the
persons responsible. We try to make that easy for you by
placing up-to-date contact information on our website (use the
links found under the "Take Action" heading in the left column).
If the content seen rises to the level of indecency, parents may
also use our website to
file a formal complaint with the FCC
(also found in the "Take Action" menu).
The PTC has also organized campaigns that encourage more
action to be taken by legislators and other entities involved,
such as our
Cable Choice Campaign, and our
Violent Video Game
Campaign. When learning about these campaigns you may feel the
need to contact your elected officials and ask them to help. You
can do so easily by choosing our "Action Center" from the left menu
(found under the "Take Action" heading). Just enter your
information and search for your House, Senate, or State
representatives. You can then click on their information and
e-mail them right from that website.
Our "Action Center" website can also be used to find contact
information for media agencies such as your local newspaper or
radio station. Just choose "Find Media Contacts" and perform
your search. This feature can be used to send letters to the
editor or other types of comments relating to your local
community. It's a great way to get the word out about the PTC.
Here are some things that you can do in the fight to reduce Hollywood’s harmful influence on our
Become an e-alert activist:
Sign up to receive our free weekly bulletins the Weekly Wrap. This
electronic communication keeps you informed about fast-breaking news
important to you and your family, movie and DVD reviews and more.
We’ll frequently send you “Take Action”
e-mails and ask that you write the FCC, your elected official or an
advertiser. The only thing it takes to be a PTC e-alert activist is
a computer, internet connection and a willingness to take action
when asked. It’s one of the most important jobs a PTC supporter can