Cable TV Support

Parental Controls

Since you don’t always have time to monitor what the kids are watching, Parental Controls help you block programs by channel, title and rating.

 What Do TV Ratings Mean?

TVY TVY – All Children
This program is designed to be appropriate for all children.
TVY7 TVY7 – Directed to Older Children
This program is designed for children age 7 and above.
TVG TVG – General Audience
Most parents would find this program appropriate for all ages. It contains little or no violence, no strong language and little or no sexual dialogue or situations.
TVPG TVPG – Parental Guidance Suggested
This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children. Many parents may want to watch it with their younger children.
TV14 TV14 – Parents Strongly Cautioned
This program contains some material that parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
TVMA TVMA – Mature Audience Only
This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.


What Do Movie Ratings Mean?

G G - General Audiences. All ages admitted.
PG PG - Parental Guidance Suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
PG-13 PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned
Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
R R - Restricted
Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
NC-17 NC-17 - No Children 17 and under admitted


Blocking Channels With The V-Chip

The V-Chip has been built in new televisions since January of 2000—in some models since July of 1999. Working in conjunction with the TV Parental Guidelines, parents are allowed to block out programs by rating. Consult your television manual to learn how to turn on this function.

Parental Controls and Purchasing PINS

For digital cable customers, the i-Guide shows you how to block channels with a few clicks of the remote. You have precise control over blocking and it can be changed as needed. With Parental Controls, you can easily block programming if you have young children visiting your home then restore the programming when they leave. In addition, you can restrict access to Pay-Per-View purchasing.

It's About Choice, Control, and Education

For more information about family viewing, visit http://www.ControlWithCable.org/ and take control!