US V-Chip Rating System
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).
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).
: 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:
dialogue (D), infrequent
coarse language (L), some sexual situations (S), or moderate violence (V).
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).
7 years and older): Designed for children age of 7 and above. It may be more appropriate
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
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
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 content 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.
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
viewing by children aged 8-13.
Violence Guidelines: Depictions
of conflict and/or aggression
will be limited and moderate;
may include physical, fantasy,
violence. Other Content Guidelines: May contain infrequent mild profanity, or mildly suggestive language.
Could also contain brief scenes of nudity.
G (General Audience):
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.