The Parents Television Council released a new study, “Not for Kids Anymore,” that found broadcast TV shows based on child-beloved comic book characters are not safe for kids to watch.
The study’s author, Dr. Christopher Gildemeister, Head of Research Operations for...Read more →
New PTC Research Finds Comic Book-Themed Broadcast TV Shows Expose Kids to Extreme Graphic Violence, Death, & Profanity
In a new seven-year analysis of comic book-themed broadcast television shows with appeal to children, the Parents Television Council found that young viewers were...Read more →
A new study shows traditional television is still the dominant screen for children.Read more →
Recent studies of intelligence and neuroscience can aid parents in nurturing their children.Read more →
Why does the Parents Television Council research and write the studies it does?Read more →
It’s a question rarely asked, but one that deserves an answer.
New research by the Parents Television Council reveals a disturbing trend occurring in prime-time broadcast family comedies – adult characters (parents and teachers) are increasingly making explicit references to sex in front of child characters.Read more →
New PTC research finds TV violence rated inaccurately, allowing children greater access to graphic gun violence.Read more →
The PTC’s new study of fantasy-themed TV shows finds dark, adult content on typically child-friendly franchises.Read more →
Children and teens are using more profanity and sex talk on TV shows. Read more →
In a new study of prime-time broadcast television, the PTC found that the networks are increasingly creating and airing programs in which teenage and even child characters use overtly sexualized and adult language.Read more →
We all know that TV impacts the culture, and in turn, our children. TV has proven that it can be a positive force for good. Think of the ground covered in promoting positive, strong female characters on TV and in other entertainment...Read more →
New PTC research shows that over 4 million children aged 2-11 who watched were exposed to adult-themed content every 3 minutes during the first four episodes of ABC’s The Muppets. Read more →
A recent article from Advertising Age reports that TV networks are stuffing more ads than ever into TV shows…espcially programs aimed at kids.Read more →
There once was a time on American television when shows that featured families would generally be suitable for family viewing. I’m not even going all the way back to I Love Lucy or Father Knows Best, there are other much more recent examples of the success...Read more →
Here is my challenge to you. Tomorrow night when the neighborhood children come trick-or-treating at your door, keep a tally of how many of those children are dressed as one of the characters from the Disney film Frozen, then post the number in the comments...Read more →
A new scientific study demonstrates that viewing scenes of extreme sex or violence in media makes viewers more tolerant of such content – and more lenient in allowing children to see it.Read more →
Brad Bushman is a professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University. Dr. Bushman is well-known for his many studies of the effects of violent video games and other violent media on increased aggression in children. Recently, Dr. Bushman and others...Read more →
A new study from the shows that Americans’ fear of crime rises and falls depending on the amount and intensity of violence as portrayed on prime-time TV.Read more →
A recent campaign to restart the former PBS children’s program Reading Rainbow received over $2 million in donations – in one day.Read more →
(6th in a Series about Media Violence)
Whenever the public expresses concern about the excessive graphic violence on television, the TV industry’s argument is the same: it’s the parent’s job to keep violence and other dangerous content away from their kids. “Use the V-Chip! Look at the...Read more →
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Last week, we warned you about the return of NBC’s Hannibal – a prime-time TV series, airing on the publicly-owned airwaves at 10:00 p.m. ET (only 9:00 p.m. in the Central/Mountain time zones), in which a...
(4th in a Series about Media Violence)
After the Newtown and Aurora shootings, entertainment industry executives talked about their “longstanding commitment” to helping parents protect children from media violence.
And how did one such network — NBC — fulfill that promise?Read more →
(3rd in a Series about Media Violence)
In a desperate attempt at damage control after the Newtown and Aurora shootings, entertainment industry executives met with Vice President Joe Biden in January of last year. They emerged from the meeting claiming they have a “longstanding commitment...Read more →
(2nd in a Series about Media Violence)
“Anyone who thinks the media has nothing to do with this is an idiot.”
That’s what Les Moonves, President of CBS, said in the wake of the school shooting…in Columbine…fifteen years ago!
Since that time, there...Read more →
Next month, Cartoon Network will begin pushing its “Adult Swim” live-action and animation block at even more young children.Read more →