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WHYY TV Ratings

What the TV ratings mean

Along with other public and commercial television stations, TV12 has begin tagging some of its programs with "Parental Guidelines" or "V-chip" ratings. The ratings icons will appear in the upper left corner of your TV screen for 15 seconds at the beginning of each program.

While this system does not actively point viewers toward programs of special merit, it does provide parents and caregivers with additional information as to what shows their families choose to watch.

Please note that all sports and news/timely public affairs programs are exempt from these ratings. In addition, some locally produced or acquired programming may not carry the national V-chip rating.

Here are the ratings and what they mean...

Children's programming

TV-Y All Children
This program is designed to be appropriate for all children. Whether animated or live-action, the themes and elements in this program are specifically designed for a very young audience, including children from ages 2-6. This program is not expected to frighten younger children.

TV-Y7 Directed to Older Children
This program is designed for children age 7 and above. It may be more appropriate for children who have acquired the developmental skills needed to distinguish between make-believe and reality. Themes and elements in this program may include mild fantasy violence or comedic violence, or may frighten children under the age of 7. Therefore, parents may wish to consider the suitability of this program for their very young children. Note: For those programs where fantasy violence may be more intense or more combative than other programs in this category, such programs will be designated TV-Y7-FV.

Programs for the entire audience

TV-G General Audience
Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages. Although this rating does not signify a program designed specifically for children, most parents may let younger children watch this program unattended. It contains little or no violence, no strong language and little or no sexual dialogue or situations.

TV-PG Parental Guidance Suggested
This program may contain some material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children. Many parents may want to watch it with their younger children. The theme itself may call for parental guidance and/or the program contains one or more of the following: moderate violence (V), some sexual situations (S), infrequent coarse language (L), or some suggestive sexual dialogue (D).

TV-14 Parents Strongly Cautioned
This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years ofage. Parents are strongly urged to exercise greater care in monitoring this program and are cautioned against letting children under the age of 14 watch unattended. This program contains one or more of the following: intense violence (V), intense sexual situations (S), strong coarse language (L), or intensely suggestive dialogue (D).

TV-MA Mature Audience Only
This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17. This program contains one or more of the following: graphic violence (V), explicit sexual activity (S), or crude and indecent language (L).