The provision of control devices raises two separate issues: the first concerns their development and production by industry and the second their marketing and supply to users.
The spontaneous development of a wide variety of parental control systems for the Internet and other services shows that industry can very quickly come up with systems which take into account users' needs and the general environment of available services. Measures to promote standardization and the labelling of material as outlined above can only reinforce this tendency and bring product prices down. However, any attempt to define or prescribe a specific system would run the risk of placing an artificial barrier on promising developments.
The marketing and supply of parental control devices to users raises more complex questions. In services where parental control devices are the only effective means of protecting minors, they should automatically be supplied -- or offered -- to users. However, these automatic supply arrangements must not interfere with competition between different types of device, which is an inherent guarantee of progress in the systems offered.
It should be noted that the expressions "anti-violence chip" or "V-chip" relate directly to this Canadian proprietary system. We therefore prefer, in relating to a broader concept, to refer to parental control systems or devices.
October 1995: The French Audiovisual Council publishes a quantitave first of-itskind study of which shows the importance of violence in works of fiction broadcast by French stations.