V-Chip will depend on the technology and the system used by the manufacturer of
your TV set. The V-Chip can be a valuable tool for monitoring your childrenís
time in front of the television, but only if you know how to use it. Check your
televisionís user manual for instructions, and continually monitor and update
your settings as your children get older.
How to Use the V-Chip
You will usually find the programming instructions on the television's on-screen
menu options or the written instruction guide provided by the manufacturer of
Important V-Chip programming tips:
Unless it is activated, the V-Chip will not operate. Choose the ratings menu.
You can choose which ratings you would like to block from the menu that appears.
A personal identification number is required for all V-Chip sets. This number is
known as the parental lock code and acts as a password to allow parents to alter
the V-Chip settings as they see fit.
Once you have entered you parental lock code, all you need to do is select the
ratings that you would like to block and activate the V-Chip.
The memory chip in the TV will store this information and will effectively block
programs even when the TV is turned off and then back on again. The V-Chip can
also be used to block programs according to date, time and channel.