The Parents Television Council is warning families about the graphic content found in Netflix’s The Witcher, a new fantasy drama based on a book series and video game that is being compared to HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Using filtering data from VidAngel, the PTC found that across eight episodes...Read more →
When it comes to entertainment, so much of it isn’t appropriate for kids, or designed for families to watch together.
We think the entertainment industry can do better to serve families in 2020, and here are our top three suggestions:
1) Stop Distributing and...Read more →
In 2019, we’ve witnessed a near-total transformation of the TV industry as we knew it.
Digital technology has dramatically changed how families access entertainment. More children and teens use smartphones and other handheld devices to instantly “stream” programs from the Internet, often without...Read more →
LOS ANGELES (November 12, 2019) – The Parents Television Council applauded the new streaming service, Disney+, for crafting a much safer platform than most other streaming services, but after reviewing the platform, called on Disney to add content filtering and parental controls.
“Disney+ is...Read more →
Today marked Disney’s long-anticipated debut into the streaming video universe with the launch of Disney+. For a little under $7/month (after a free 1 week trial), Disney+ offers an extensive library of child-friendly and family-friendly content that ranges from classic animated movies from the...Read more →
The nature of where children are watching TV content continues to move towards online videos, according to a new survey.
The report issued by Common Sense Media shows that kids watching videos online every day has more than doubled. Kids are also increasingly...Read more →
Over the years we have heard repeatedly from TV executives, lobbyists and lawyers that indecency laws are unnecessary. That they aren’t going to start inserting more inappropriate content just because they can.
But one series that originated on broadcast TV and was subsequently picked-up by...Read more →
by Susan Austin
Parents are often concerned with babyproofing before bringing home a newborn. But as children get older, you may worry less about locking cabinets and more about media consumption.Read more →
The Parents Television Council issued a statement in reaction to HBO’s announcement that it will move Sesame Street to HBO Max.Read more →
The Parents Television Council called streaming service Vudu’s announcement that it will provide viewers with content filtering a “win for families.”
“Just when the Hollywood studios’ chokehold on content filtering looked to be fatal, family-friendly Walmart has swooped in like Superman to save...Read more →
This new superhero series is dark, confusing, and excessively violent.Read more →
At the end of season two of 13 Reasons Why, Bryce Walker was acquitted of rape and cleared of charges in Hannah Baker’s suicide. He then transferred to an elite private school, Hillcrest; while his peers at Liberty were left to try to pick...Read more →
Before Season 3 of Netflix’s teen-targeted suicide drama, 13 Reasons Why, is released on August 23, the Parents Television Council has appealed to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to end the series and cease its continued distribution.
PTC President Tim Winter wrote to Hastings, attaching the signatures...Read more →
The Parents Television Council issued the following statement regarding Universal Pictures’ decision to pull The Hunt from release.
“While we are glad Universal Pictures made a responsible decision to pull The Hunt from theatrical release, we can only wonder what misguided thinking led to the film ever getting produced,...Read more →
In light of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the Parents Television Council called on the entertainment industry not to dodge responsibility for the violent entertainment culture it has created, citing new research published in Psychology Today that suggests...Read more →
The Parents Television Council urged The CW to tone down its comic book-themed TV shows that are inherently attractive to children in order to make them more child-friendly. New PTC research has documented extreme graphic violence, profanity, and sexual content in The CW shows: Arrow,...Read more →
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 →
The Parents Television Council has personally called on AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson to remove Euphoria from its platform in a new letter from PTC President Tim Winter.
Nearly a year ago, the PTC praised AT&T for its decision to remove porn from HBO, but now,...Read more →
The Parents Television Council responded to Netflix’s lower-than-expected earnings report, suggesting three things that the streaming company should do to increase its subscriber base, and in particular, families.
“Netflix has 130,000 fewer domestic subscribers than it did just three months ago. We believe that a...Read more →
For more than two years, the Parents Television Council has relentlessly pushed-back on Netflix for graphically depicting suicide on its popular, teen-targeted original series 13 Reasons Why.
Late last night, news broke that Netflix was removing that scene from the first season of 13...Read more →
Urges Company to Redouble Efforts to Protect Children from Harmful Content
The Parents Television Council commended Netflix for its announcement that it will edit out the graphic suicide scene of its lead female teen character in 13 Reasons Why Season 1.
The PTC has repeatedly urged Netflix...Read more →
The Parents Television Council responded to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal to update the KidVid rules that was voted on by the Commission today.
“The changes to the children’s programming rules adopted by the FCC today have placed the financial interests of billion dollar...Read more →
LOS ANGELES (July 9, 2019) – The Parents Television Council is warning parents about the increased profanity found in Netflix’s Stranger Things, which according to new VidAngel data, has gotten more explicit in the new Season 3 as compared to the first two seasons of...Read more →
A new USA Today story, “Are YA Shows Too Explicit?,” reveals that Hollywood is increasingly marketing explicit content to children and teens in TV shows set in junior high or high schools.
The latest example of this disturbing trend is HBO’s Euphoria, and...Read more →