Menus and Features
Parental Controls and V-Chip
The Parental Controls menu allows you to program your monitor so that
children cannot see certain programs, channels, or use the front panel controls.
The first three choices in the Parental Controls menu involve software inside
your monitor (called V-Chip) which allows you to "block" TV programs and
movies based on violence, sex, or other content you may believe children should
not view. In other words, it lets you program your monitor so it will not display
certain programs. Once you block programs, you or other adults are not limited
to only parent-approved programs; you can "unblock" programs by entering a
The V-Chip software inside your TV comes turned "off," so if you choose not to
implement it, you can just ignore it.
When turned "on," the V-Chip software reads a code that most broadcasters send with programs. That code tells
the V-Chip software the program's age-based rating (TV-MA, TV-14, etc.) and content themes (Violence (V), Adult
Language (L), etc.). If you have blocked the rating and/or content themes that the program contains, you will receive
the message, "This channel is not approved for viewing," when you turn to that particular channel. Broadcasters are
not required to provide content themes, so programs received with no content themes will only be blocked if you
block their age-based rating. You can also block out programs that have been given a rating of "Not Rated," and
programs that are considered "unrated" because no code has been sent by the broadcaster.
The TV age-based ratings and content themes you can block are listed in the table below.
Description and Content Themes for Age-Based Ratings
Mature Audience Only. Specifically designed to be viewed by adults and may be unsuitable for
children under 17. It contains one or more of the following content themes: crude indecent
language (L), explicit sexual activity (S), or graphic violence (V).
Parents Strongly Cautioned. Contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for
children under 14. Parents are strongly urged to exercise greater care in monitoring this program
and are cautioned against letting children under the age of 14 watch unattended. This program
contains one or more of the following content themes: intensely suggestive dialogue (D),
strong coarse language (L), intense sexual situations (S), or intense violence (V).
Parental Guidance Suggested. Contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger
children. Many parents may want to watch it with their younger children. The program contains one
or more of the following content themes: some suggestive dialogue (D), infrequent coarse
language (L), some sexual situations (S, or moderate violence (V).
General Audience. Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages.
Directed to Children 7 years and older. Designed for children ages 7 and above. It may be more
appropriate for children who have acquired the developmental skills needed to distinguish between
make-believe and reality. Themes and elements in this program may include mild fantasy violence
(FV) or comedic violence, or may frighten children under the age of 7.
All Children. Themes and elements in this program are designed for a young audience, including
children from ages 2-6. It is not expected to frighten younger children.