Violence on TV

Children and exposure to violence on television

Canadian policies prevent children from being exposed to inappropriate violence on TV. Work on these policies began in the early 1990s, and continues.

CRTC policy

The CRTC's policy on TV violence focuses on these areas:

For details, see CRTC Policy on Television Violence (Public Notice CRTC 1996-36

Broadcasters’ responsibilities and industry codes of conduct

Canada's broadcasters follow codes that:

Parents’ responsibilities

Canadian broadcasters give content ratings for children's programming, drama, "reality-based" shows and feature films.

If you subscribe to digital broadcasting services (on cable or direct-to-home (DTH) satellite, for example) you can use the blocking features in your set-top converter box. Check your manual for instructions on how to block a program, or ask your TV service provider for details.

Where do the ratings come from?

English-language broadcasters use the AGVOT classification system. AVGOT stands for Action Group on Violence on Television. French-language broadcasters use the Régie du Cinéma du Québec. Pay TV uses ratings established by provincial ratings boards.

Media literacy

If you want to learn more about how to manage media in your home, the Media Awareness Network offers practical support for the home, school and community.

Related information

Blocking features and parental control
Industry Code Regarding Violence in Television Programming (Public Notice CRTC 1993-149)
Pay Television and Pay-per-View Programming Code Regarding Violence (Public Notice CRTC 1994-155)
CRTC Policy on Television Violence (Public Notice CRTC 1996-36)

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