Watchdog offers pro-children plan for Tinseltown

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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children watching TVThe Parents Television Council has some "New Year's Resolutions" for Hollywood.

PTC president Tim Winter says there's "a war on kids" when it comes entertainment media, so the TV watchdog group has crafted the top five ways  the industry can change in 2019 to better protect children and serve families. OneNewsNow spoke with Winter, seeking comment on each recommendation.

1. Entertainment industry must change inaccurate marketing of violent media content to kids

"So much of this stuff that's violent today is actually rated wrongly – and it's deceiving to parents who think children should or can be able to see and consume some of this most explicit on television and other media as well."


2. Streaming services must stop marketing harmful content to children

Specifically targeting Netflix, Winter says shows like 13 Reasons Why and Big Mouth are "toxic for children."

"It's time for a publicly-traded corporation, Netflix, to face pressure from its investors. And we're going to be going straight to the investors this year to get the corporation to be more socially responsible, especially as it comes to our children."

3. Entertainment industry must embrace real cable choice

"We pay the cable company and the cable company takes that money and pays to each different channel. We're paying for tens, dozens, scores of networks that not only do we not want to watch but we may actually find harmful to our children and our grandchildren. So we're calling on 2019 as the year where cable industry allows us to pick and choose and pay for just the cable networks that we want to watch."

4. Entertainment industry must stop opposition to filtering technology

"We need to have a filtering device so we can watch some of the streaming content, but be able to block and skip pass the most offensive content that comes across through that streaming technology. I thought we had a bill in Congress that was going to be voted on and approved, it wasn't. So if Congress won't do it then Hollywood needs to step up and say [it's] going to allow parents to block the offensive content while they consume everything else."

5. TV not only needs a #MeToo moment, it needs to prioritize #OurKidsToo

Winter says the conduct of some executives toward women is "reprehensible" and is still a problem that needs to be addressed.

"But what's sad is that so much of the content today actually is being perpetuated every night on TV, in movie, and in video games. We need an '#OurKidsToo' movement. It's time for Hollywood to say not just #MeToo for the females who work here, but also #OurKidsToo as a way to not be assaulting them with the content that they're producing."

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