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Parental Television Control FAQs

Questions and Answers about the V-Chip

Is there a V-Chip in every television?

The V-Chip is in every television set 13 inches or larger manufactured after January 2000 and some sets sold after July 1, 1999. This means if you bought a new television set after July 1, 1999, your television is most likely equipped with a V-Chip.

How do I program and activate the V-Chip?

Each television set's V-Chip works a little differently. Once you understand the definition of each rating and content label, programming and activating the V-Chip is as simple as following the set-up procedure which can be found in one of two places: 1) the television on-screen menu options, or 2) the written instruction guide included in the owner's manual. The V-Chip will only be activated if you select the option to do so.

How do I ensure that my child will not de-activate the V-Chip?

To activate the V-Chip, a parental lock code is required. This identification number acts as the password to activate, de-activate, and change the settings of the V-Chip.

Does the V-Chip turn off when I turn my television off?

Turning the television off will not turn off the V-Chip. It will continue to block programs when the television is turned on again.

What type of programming does the V-Chip block?

The V-Chip can block programming by age-based category or content label. For instance, if you want to block all TV-14 programs, you can do so by selecting TV-14. If you only want to block TV-14 programs that contain higher levels of violence, you can select TV-14-V. You should also know that when you block a particular rating or content label, all categories above that will be blocked. For example, if you block all TV-14 programs, all TV-MA programs will also be blocked. If you block TV-14-V programs, all TV-MA-V programs will also be blocked.



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