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PTC Applauds Sen. Markey for Kids Internet Design and Safety Act

Release Date: 4/4/2019

LOS ANGELES (April 4, 2019) – The Parents Television Council applauded Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) for announcing legislation called the Kids Internet Design and Safety (KIDS) Act that would create a safer online environment for children.


"Today’s digital media platforms bring extraordinary benefits to consumers, but they also bring a host of vexing challenges and concerns for parents and families. Children are at ever-greater risk of being exposed to toxic content, and we’re seeing evidence that the digital platforms they’re using are becoming increasingly addictive. Parents urgently need 21st century solutions that will address the challenges of 21st century media technologies, and we applaud Sen. Markey for his leadership on this crucial issue,” said Parents Television Council President Tim Winter.


“It is timely that Sen. Markey is announcing the KIDS Act while the FCC is simultaneously conducting a regulatory review of the TV Content Ratings System, which is intended to warn parents about explicit and age-inappropriate content on television. More than 1,700 public comments were posted on the FCC’s website about content ratings, and all but one – the comment filed by Hollywood lobbyists – call for improvements to that system.


“Parents need reasonable, effective and constitutional remedies that will help them to protect their children regardless of the media platforms they’re using in their homes. We hope Hollywood -- and Silicon Valley -- will be responsible corporate citizens and step forward as partners in this issue.”

The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.4 million members, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at kelly@kellyoliverpr.com.