Regulatory Literacy: Rethinking Television Rating in the New Media Age
14 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2019 Last revised: 6 Oct 2019
Date Written: September 21, 2019
Rating systems for the regulation of television programs currently address parents, advising them of the presence of content considered inappropriate for children so that they can screen what their children watch. However, today’s children increasingly choose television content on their own, as parental supervision is consistently declining. This essay argues that the existing regulatory regime for rating television content is unsuited to the present-day viewing styles of youngsters, and presents policy recommendations.
Keywords: media regulation, television programs, children, youth, parental supervision, responsive regulation, regulatory literacy, new media, FCC
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