U.S. regulators will consider a single ratings system that would warn parents of programming on television, video games and wireless telephones that could be inappropriate for children. The
Federal Communications Commission will begin the inquiry Aug. 31 after an agency report is sent to Congress on media blocking and rating techniques, say insiders.
The FCC action follows congressional queries into whether children are harmed by inappropriate content, such as sex, violence and obscenity. Senators want to know whether revisions are needed to the law to protect children, says Senator Jay Rockefeller. The West Virginia Democrat, who chairs the Commerce Committee, said at a July hearing that constituents are "horrified" by some programming.