The V-Chip Debate: Content Filtering from Television to the Internet

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APPENDIX B
THE UNITED STATES
I. Public Law 104-104, Telecommunications Act of 1996
II. Statement by All Segments of the Television Industry
III. TV Parental Guidelines -- First Proposed System
IV. Public Notice FCC 97-34
V. Joint Statement of Motion Picture Association of America, National Association of Broadcasters, National Cable Television
VI. TV Parental Guidelines -- Revised Proposal
VII. TV Parental Guidelines -- On-Screen Icons
VIII. The UCLA Television Violence Report 1996

I. Public Law 104-104, Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Excerpt)
§ 551. PARENTAL CHOICE IN TELEVISION PROGRAMMING. (a) Findings. -- The Congress makes the following findings:
1. Television influences children's perception of the values and behavior that are common and acceptable in society.
2. Television station operators, cable television system operators, and video programmers should follow practices in connection with video programming that take into consideration that television broadcast and cable programming has established a uniquely pervasive presence in the lives of American children.
3. The average American child is exposed to 25 hours of television each week and, some children are exposed to as much as 11 hours of television a day.
4. Studies have shown that children exposed to violent video programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children not so exposed, and that children exposed to violent video programming are prone to assume that acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
5. Children in the United States are, on average, exposed to an estimated 8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence on television by the time the child completes elementary school.
6. Studies indicate that children are affected by the pervasiveness and casual treatment of sexual material on television, eroding the ability of parents to develop responsible attitudes and behavior in their children.
7. Parents express grave concern over violent and sexual video programming and

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