Programming the V-Chip
Programming a V-Chip TV set is a matter of following step-by-step directions. All sets 13-inches or larger manufactured after January 2000 include the V-Chip. Programming instructions can be found in one of three places: (1) the television's on-screen menu options, (2) the written instruction guide included in the owner's manual, (3) this web site's pull down menu linking to the manufacturer's website.
Some general tips to be mindful of when programming the V-Chip:
The V-Chip will not operate unless the option is activated. Then, a display of the ratings menu will appear. One or more ratings can be chosen to block.
All V-Chip TV sets require a personal identification number. This number-called a parental lock code-will act as the password allowing access to change settings, activate and de-activate the V-Chip.
Once the parental lock code number is entered, select the ratings to block and then activate the V-Chip. The information is stored in the TV's "memory," and the V-Chip will continue to block programs with the selected ratings even when the television is turned off and back on.
In addition to blocking based on ratings, many TV sets allow parents to block programs based on date, time or channel. For example, programming airing after 10 p.m., or on a particular channel can be blocked. Check the television's written instructions for further details.