There are various forms of medias that are present today like television, the internet, movies, video games as well as music and all these things have expanded our world and brought information as well as entertainment to millions of people. Yes, it is true that the information we have accumulated from all these media platforms have helped us in our day to day living, yet there are still dangers lurking behind them. These days, in accordance on one of the studies we stumble upon during our search, it was cited there that media consumption among children is very alarming due to the fact that it is at an all time high, much higher than with adults and seniors. As a matter of fact, children nowadays are too exposed to television and the internet, both at home and at school. Take note that when a kid is at school, the teacher is the one who should be guiding them with using these media platforms and when they are at home, it is the parent’s responsibility to make sure that their kids are viewing the internet safely or that their kids are watching films that are not offensive and abusive.
Truthfully speaking, there are so many of us who might believe that the standard of entertainment present today has already lowered down. Not only that, there goes the fact as well that because of how parents are capable of automatically filtering and blocking any materials that are inappropriate for kids, adults, in genera, are said to have easier access towards programming that are of questionable content.
There are now what we call as parental controls and these controls are made specifically for television, for computers, for DVD players and other electronic devices as well. One thing that you have to be aware of regarding parental controls is the fact that its point is not to serve as a substitute for parent supervision, but as a tool that will be used on combating overwhelming number of materials that are questionable, which can be accessed so easily.
One of the parental controls created and are used for monitoring the media activities of kids is the television parental control and V-chip is the most well-known type of this control. Speaking of V-chip, this is a term that is commonly used to describe a device that is used to block programming or programmings according to the ratings they are given. As for the ratings, they are said to be placed in the broadcast information of the program and the V-chip will do the recognition of the ratings and if it does not fit to the settings placed by the parents, the V-chip will automatically block it. Today, most television sets have V-chips embedded and the instruction or direction on how to use it are present on the operator manual of the TV.