Parental filters for TV: What every parent needs to know
The switchover to digital television in Australia means more channels and more programs are being added all the time. We understand that monitoring your child’s TV consumption and ensuring they are only watching age-appropriate programs can be difficult!
This is where the parental block or parental filter feature on your TV comes in very handy. It’s an important tool to help you automatically block TV content, or if you prefer, you can block access to an entire channel.
Understanding TV ratings
The television industry has designed a rating system, similar to the familiar movie ratings, to help you determine what programs are suitable for your children. These ratings are based on the content and the age-appropriateness of the program, and must comply with the Commercial Television Code of Practice.
- Children’s (C) and Preschool (P) classification: Programs in this category cover the interests of very young children, and it is presented in a manner suitable for a young audience.
- General (G) classification: This rating is for programs that do not contain content unsuitable for children, but that are not necessarily aimed at children.
- Parental Guidance Recommended (PG) Classification: Programs with this rating may have adult content, but are considered to have only a mild impact on a child.
- Mature (M), Mature Audience (MA), Adult violence (AV) Classifications: Programs with this classification are unsuitable for children to view, and require a parental block.
Most sporting events, news and current affairs-style programs are exempt from classification. All other programs will generally have a rating.
How does the parental block work?
Most televisions allow you to block TV content based on the program’s rating or classification.
For example, if you select PG, any program rated higher will require a PIN number to be used before viewing is allowed. The parental filter you have applied can be changed at any time, or removed altogether by entering your PIN.
You can also choose to block an entire channel from being viewed. By blocking whole channels, you can ensure your child only has free access to dedicated children’s programming, for example.
Be aware your parental block may not apply to some recordings, however.
With televisions being such a big part of everyday family life, it’s important to understand how to block TV content using the parental block function. If in doubt about how to apply a parental filter, take a look at your TV user manual or check with the manufacturer.
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