Parents Television Council

The Parents Television Council is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment.

The PTC's primary mission is to promote and restore responsibility and decency to the entertainment industry in answer to America's demand for positive, family-oriented television programming. The PTC does this by fostering changes in TV programming to make the early hours of prime time family-friendly and suitable for viewers of all ages.

The PTC also assists parents in exercising responsibility for their children's viewing habits with the Family Guide to Prime Time Television. The Guide offers a traffic-light ratings system with red-, yellow-, and green-light ratings indicating the amount of sex, foul language and violence in each series. The ratings system is accompanied by clear descriptions of every prime time show, enabling parents to make educated decisions about the programs they and their families wish to view.

In addition to reviews, columns, and studies, PTC also provides contact information for the sponsors of the programs and the networks themselves. There are many times a parent may see something inappropriate on television and want to contact the persons responsible. PTC tries to make that easy by placing up-to-date contact information on their website (use the links found under the "Take Action" heading in the left column). If the content seen rises to the level of indecency, parents may also use website to file a formal complaint with the FCC (also found in the "Take Action" menu).

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