These days it seems like television programming is a minefield. Even seemingly innocent programming can be filled with language, images and references that are not suitable for your children to be exposed to. All too often, commercials for violent movies and video games will air during family TV time. What can you do to protect your child from these potentially harmful influences?
Luckily, a variety of good parental control technology is readily available. All you have to do is learn how to use it.
Since the beginning of the year 2000, the FCC has required most new TVs to have a built-in V-Chip. This technology uses the ratings information encoded in the program to block shows parents have deemed inappropriate for their children. The owner’s manual for your TV should contain directions for using the V-Chip technology.
You can also use additional program blocking features that may be built into your TV or offered by your satellite or cable provider. There are kid-friendly programs and packages from direct.tv that your family would be able to enjoy. With this technology you can block entire channels from view no matter the ratings of individual programs. Many home video game systems and DVD players also include forms of blocking technology, and can be programmed not to play games or movies beyond a set ratings limit.
Finally, filters offer another layer of protection. This technology in TVs or DVD players will block out inappropriate language or other content while you are watching, in essence creating an edited version of the program or movie.
While it may seem like quality family programming is difficult to find, by using this technology you can expand your viewing options and relax, knowing your children are protected.