Empowering Parents

Cable programming networks, cable operators, and Internet service providers recognize how difficult it can be for busy families, busy families and educators to provide informed advice to children regarding TV programming, safe Internet use and the explosion of new media. Equally daunting can be managing the volume of content, which is now available.

Every family needs to determine what content is appropriate for their household. Cable provides accessible and simple tools for families to manage media, built around three basic concepts: choice, control, and education. Cable programming networks today provide the broadest choice in the world with plenty of entertaining, informational, and educational content. Cable set-top boxes and the V-Chip – in combination with the TV Parental Guidelines Ratings System – and online tools offer easy to use controls to block content. And, cable has spent decades educating consumers about parental control tools and media literacy resources.

Using the tools and information provided by cable companies, parents can make responsible decisions.


Cable offers many TV channels that serve children and family viewers and provide educational, informative and entertainment programming. Combined with the great choices cable offers is the ability to manage TV programming that is viewed within the home. Cable set-top boxes feature easy-to-use parental controls to enable parents to block channels and programs they may find inappropriate for children. Learn More at TheTVBoss.org.

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5 Ways To Manage Family TV Viewing

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    Know the ratings and find suitable programming

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    Use cable's parental controls

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    Block unwanted programs with the V-Chip

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    Make rules so your family knows what is off limits

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    Watch TV with your kids and enjoy!

Know The TV Ratings

All Children - This program is designed to be appropriate for all children.

Directed to Older Children - This program is designed for children age 7 and above and includes strong fantasy violence.

Directed to Older Children - This program is designed for children age 7 and above.

General Audience - Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages.

Parental Guidance Suggested - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.

Parents Strongly Cautioned - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children less than 14 years of age.

Mature Audiences - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.

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