TV PARENTAL CONTROLS
More information can be found at http://www.thetvboss.org/.
The V-Chip is built into a television set to work in conjunction with the TV Parental Controls. It electronically reads television programming ratings and allows parents to block programs they believe are unsuitable for their children. There is a V-Chip in every television set 13 inches or larger manufactured after January 2000 and some sets sold after July 1, 1999. More information can be found at http://www.thetvboss.org/.
Cable subscribers may request a "lockbox" from cable operators to prevent viewing of any channel on which objectionable programming may appear. Cable operators are required to make lockboxes available for sale or lease to customers who request them. Lockboxes can also be purchased from other commercial distributors. More information can be found at http://www.fcc.gov/mb/facts/csgen.html.
Guide to ratings, FAQs, and additional resources about children and TV viewing
CONTROL YOUR TV
Instructions for using the V-Chip and tips on managing TV viewing in your home
FCC PARENTS' PLACE
Ratings and explanations, V-chip and lockbox info, and a history of cable TV from the Federal Communications Commission
NCTA - PARENTAL CONTROLS
Parental controls from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association
NCTA - TV VIEWING TIPS FOR PARENTS
TV viewing tips for parents from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association