V-Chip Rating Explanations
US V-Chip Rating System
TV-MA (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).
TV-14 (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).
TV-PG (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).
TV-G (Parental Audience): Most parents would ﬁnd this program suitable for all ages. It contains little or no sexual dialogue (D)
or situations (S), no strong language (L), and little or no violence (V).
TV-Y7 (Directed to Children 7 years and older): Designed for children age of 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.
TV-Y (All Children): Themes and elements in this program are designed for a young audience, including children ages 2-6.
It is not expected to frighten younger children.
Canadian English V-Chip Rating System
18+ (Adult): Programming intended for adults 18 and older. It may contain elements of violence, language, and sexual content
which could make it unsuitable for viewers under 18. Violence Guidelines: May contain violence integral to the development of
the plot, character or theme, intended for adult audiences. Other Content Guidelines: May contain graphic language an d explicit
portrayals of nudity and/or sex.
14+ (Viewer 14 and over): Programming contains themes or contents which may not be suitable for viewers under the age of 14.
Parents are strongly cautioned to exercise discretion in permitting viewing by pre-teens and early teens. Violence Guidelines:
May contain intense scenes of violence. Could deal with mature themes and societal issues in a realistic fashion.
Other Content Guidelines: May contain scenes of nudity and/or sexual activity. There could be frequent use of profanity.
PG (Parental Guidance): Programming intended for a general audience but which may not be suitable for younger children
(under the age of 8). Parents may consider some content inappropriate for unsupervised viewing by children aged 8-13.
Violence Guidelines: Depictions of conﬂict and/or aggression will be limited and moderate; may include physical, fantasy, or
supernatural violence. Other Content Guidelines: May contain infrequent mild profanity, or mildly suggestive language.
Could also contain brief scenes of nudity.
G (General Audience): Programming considered acceptable for all ages groups. While not designed speciﬁcally for children,
it is understood younger viewers may be part of the audience. Violence Guidelines: Will contain very little violence, either physical or
verbal or emotional. Will be sensitive to themes which could frighten a younger child, will not depict realistic scenes of violence
which minimize or gloss over the effects of violent acts. Other Content Guidelines: There may be some inoffensive slang, no
profanity and no nudity.