What does a TV-PG rating actually tell parents? According to a new study from the Parents Television Council, not much.
The PTC report is called, "What Kids Can See When It's Rated TV-PG.” They analyzed the type and amount of explicit content contained in television programs with that had a TV-PG rating during an average two-week period .
They found that "In many instances the ratings were inadequate and failed to reflect the type or amount of adult-themed content within the show."
PTC researchers counted 637 instances of "explicit language, sex and violent content" in the 59 hours of programming they examined.
Averaged out, that means kids were exposured to adult content once every 5 minutes.
Sexual content accounted for 181 of those 637 instances, and included people making direct reference to sexual body parts, statements that included the word "sex" and either obvious or implied nudity.
To learn more about the report, and get ratings on the TV shows that YOUR kids may be watching, go to the Parents Television Council website at parentstv.org.
By the way, a separate study by the Rand Corporation found that teens who watch TV programs with a lot of sexual content are twice as likely to engage in sexual activity as their peers who don’t watch such programs. They are also twice as likely to get pregnant out of wedlock.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.