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  • 5 ways to make TV safe for kids: See PTC's 2019 list

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, January 14, 2019 (6 days ago)

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    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- Protecting children from obscenity on television has never been more difficult than in 2019, the Parents Television Council (PTC) said in listing the top five reforms the entertainment industry needs to make this year.

    "Even with the most diligent parental oversight, the industry has exceptional power and leverage to influence our children," the PTC said. "But while the industry continues to produce and distribute entertainment content, it continues to wave off any responsibility for harmful effects that content can have on children. Read More

  • TV comedies using sexual quips in scenes with kids

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (4 months ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- Prime-time television series promoted as "family comedies" are increasingly using sexually graphic language in scenes including child actors, the Parents Television Council (PTC) said in its latest research.

    More than four-fifths, 81.5 percent, of all shows studied had scenes of adult actors using explicit sexual dialogue in front of juvenile cast members, PTC said in "Lewd by Example," its study of 332 episodes of family-themed situation comedies on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and the CW.

    "When it comes to airing sexually charged dialogue in front of children, the broadcast television networks eagerly appear to be saying 'me too' when they could be saying '#metoo,'" PTC President Tim Winter said Sept. 10 in releasing the study. Findings come "when our nation is grappling with a crisis of inappropriate sexual provocation. Furthermore, the networks are marketing this alarming content trend as being appropriate for children to watch." Read More

  • Fantasy-themed TV exposes kids to adult fare, PTC says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (one year ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- Fantasy-themed television shows routinely repurpose familiar fairytales into graphic adult fare targeting children, the Parents Television Council (PTC) said in its most recent study.

    Shows such as NBC's "Grimm" and "Emerald City," and ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" repurpose Alice, Dorothy and other beloved characters to yield adult fairy tales while rating them suitable for children as young as 14 and, in some cases, younger, the PTC said. Read More

  • Chromecast, Apple TV safest viewing for kids, PTC says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 09, 2017 (one year ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- Among popular video entertainment services, Google Chromecast and Apple TV provide the safest viewing options for children and their parents, the Parents Television Council said in its latest research.

    Popular streaming video on demand (SVOD) and over-the-top (OTT) entertainment viewing options expose children to disturbing and edgy programs rated only for mature audiences, the PTC said in the study released Tuesday (Aug. 8). Read More

  • Holy what? Drop profane TV show title, PTC urges

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- The Parents Television Council is urging ABC to drop plans to use profanity in the title of a television comedy series featuring a struggling church and its new pastor.

    "Holy (expletive)," the title of the series currently in development, is not only offensive and inappropriate, but assumes that advertisers want to link their products to "excrement," PTC President Tim Winter told Baptist Press. Read More

  • TV content ratings system needs reform, PTC says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, April 05, 2016 (2 years ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- The television content ratings system has harmed children by failing to protect them from graphic sex, violence and profanity on screen, the Parents Television Council (PTC) reports in a new study analyzing 20 years of broadcasting.

    Operated by a TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board that provides insufficient oversight, the ratings system has suffered "systemic failures" and should be comprehensively reformed, the PTC announced at an April 4 press conference releasing the report. Read More

  • 'Family Guy' jokes called 'troubling'

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (3 years ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- The "Family Guy" animated comedy series increasingly jokes about sexual violence against children and teens, with nearly 80 percent of all such scenes in the past three years perpetrated against that population group, a Parent Television Council (PTC) study found.

    Jokes or humorous depictions of rape, statutory rape, molestation or pedophilia against children were included in 91 percent of the series' scenes depicting sexual violence in the 2014–2015 season, up from 75 percent in 2012-2013, according to the PTC study. Read More

  • Family TV not 'family-friendly,' PTC finds

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Contemporary television series showcasing family life will likely include sex, profanity and violence that make the entertainment unsuitable for family viewing, the Parents Television Council has found.

    As many as 99 percent of the broadcast television shows about family that PTC studied contained some form of adult content in 2013, they noted in a Dec. 10 report. Profanity was found in 94 percent of shows; sexual content in 84 percent; 33 percent contain violence. Read More