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February 22, 2017

Entertainment

General

Federal Communications Commission
Government agency that regulates interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. Handles complaints about inappropriate entertainment (obscenity, indecency and profanity) on public television and radio airwaves. File a complaint at https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov.

How to Set Social Media Parent and Privacy Controls
Learn how to set privacy and other controls on popular social media platforms. Part of Real People Activism’s presentation, “Social Media 101 for Parents.”
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Common Sense Media
Provides independent reviews, age ratings and other information about all types of media – books, television programs, movies, video games, apps, music and websites.
https://www.commonsensemedia.org

Plugged In
A faith-based site that provides reviews on movies, television shows, games and books. Operated by Focus on the Family.
http://www.pluggedin.com


Television

Parents Television Council
A non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. Involved in protecting children and families from graphic sex, violence and profanity in the media, because of their proven long-term harmful effects.
http://w2.parentstv.org/Main

TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board
Responsible for ensuring there is as much uniformity and consistency in applying the Parental Guidelines as possible and is comprised of experts from the television industry and public interest advocates. Also reviews complaints about specific program ratings to help ensure accuracy.
http://www.tvguidelines.org


Movies

Film Ratings
Provides advice for parents on today’s movies and the ratings. Contains a searchable database and explanations of the current system.
http://filmratings.com

National Association of Theater Owners
NATO helps exhibition influence federal policy-making and work with movie distributors on all areas of mutual concern, from new technologies to legislation, marketing, and First Amendment issues.
http://natoonline.org/


Advertising

Advertising Self-Regulatory Council
Partnership between the advertising industry and Council of Better Business Bureaus. Addresses advertising directed toward children, false  claims, and other advertising issues. http://www.asrcreviews.org


Video Games

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board
Assigns age and content ratings for video games and mobile apps, enforces advertising and marketing guidelines for the video game industry, and helps companies implement responsible online and mobile privacy practices.
http://esrb.org


Music

Parents Advisory Label
A notice to consumers that recordings identified by this mark may contain strong language or depictions of violence, sex or substance abuse. Parental discretion is advised. Produced by the Recording Industry Association of America.
https://www.riaa.com/resources-learning/pal-standards/