Although the nation’s leading nonpartisan family television watchdog group has good reason to be optimistic heading into 2020, there’s also cause for concern for families looking to protect their children from seeing explicit content.
Over the course of the last few years, there has been a “dramatic change” in Hollywood. According to the Parents Television Council, it’s been a very “dangerous turn.”
“Instead of children just being collateral damage in the way of whatever explicit content they want to deliver to adults, Hollywood now seems to be directly marketing some of the most explicit stuff to children,” PTC President Tim Winter told The Christian Post in an interview.
“It has never been more difficult as a parent to monitor your children’s media consumption then right now, today.”
In 2019, there were a number of “good” developments that took place. But at the same time, there was plenty of “bad” that happened as well, Winter said.
FFC reports concerns with TV content rating system
Early last year, Congress ordered the Federal Communications Commission to review and report on the accuracy of its TV content rating system and the effectiveness of the oversight provided by the TV Parental Guidelines and Oversight Monitoring Board, the administering body that oversees the rating system.
The order came as family media activists have for years voiced concerns that the FCC’s TV content system was not transparent and did not effectively warn parents about troubling content in programs.
Advocates have also said that the system is outdated because it was put in place long before the creation of online streaming services like Netflix or smartphones.
Additionally, advocates have criticized the oversight monitoring board on grounds that it is comprised of entertainment executives more concerned with protecting the financial interests of their companies.
The FCC released a report in May that validated the concerns voiced by PTC and others.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith