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Jessica Zuluaga Censorship Alternatives Censorship is something that always comes with a negative feeling but in actuality to some extent it may be necessary Media offer entertainment culture news sports and education They are an important part of our lives and have much to teach But some of what they teach may not be what we want children to learn so where do we drawn the line on what we restrict Many parents are more concerned than ever before about the impact of TV on their children They want to do what they can to monitor the kinds of violence sex or adult language their children are exposed to on TV But they are not able to restrict certain show from being aired because it would be an infringement on our first amendment right Trying to ban shows and certain subjects is clearly not the way to go since there is an audience out there for them who has the right to be entertained and therefore the government should take no legal actions to try and stop these shows So what do parents do then if censorship is not the right answer and that stuff will always be out there Some strides towards programs that will prevent andor lessen childrens exposure to this are already started and are making a difference The two most beneficial answers to this problem come from the television rating system and what is called the V-chip In 1997 the TV industry began using a TV ratings system designed to give parents more information about the content and age-appropriateness of TV shows These ratings are called the TV Parental Guidelines Theses ratings indicate to a parent the audience for which the television program is appropriate as well as having a content label The content label indicates shows that contain higher levels of violence sex adult language or suggestive dialogue By looking at a shows specific rating a parent is
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