Pro-family groups frustrated with Hollywood failing to protect young children from adult content are sharing their concerns with Congress.
Tim Winter of the Parents Television Council points to new research about primetime broadcast TV shows in calling for reforms to the content ratings system.
"Networks are packing substantially more profanity and violence into youth-rated shows than they did a decade ago,” he advises, “but that increase in adult-themed content has not affected the age-based ratings the networks apply."
Nell Minow, founder of MovieMom.com, tells OneNewsNow that parents should have the tools they need to make choices for their families but right now, she says, the ratings are done “by insiders for insiders” and parents are left out.
“And although the rhetoric is that they are interested in making it better,” she says, “there's no evidence that they have done so."
So pro-family leaders are asking Congress to overhaul the TV Parental Guidelines Oversight Monitoring Board, and therefore the TV ratings system, to improve the accuracy, transparency, and public accountability of the TV ratings.
Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, says many parents have given up on the “self-serving” ratings system.
“Parents feel the ratings line is always moving,” she says, “and it's always moving towards more degrading material being acceptable for younger audiences."