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Parental Controls FAQs

Last Updated: Mon, 16 May 2016 > Related Articles


The information in this article has been consolidated and moved to a new article. See Using Parental Controls for updated content.


Parental Controls FAQs

How do I block channels or programming?

Cox Business Advanced TV subscribers can use their Advanced TV remote controls to block unwanted programming from entering their homes by simply setting a PIN number. Customers can completely block specific channels, limit television access by time of day and restrict viewing by program rating. With Cox Business Advanced TV you'll have the most advanced, highly secure content controls available.

How can I Block Programming?

Cable boxes provide allow you to block programs by:

  • Channels - You can select one or more channels to block. Once you do, the channel(s) will be blocked at all times unless viewing is authorized by the use of a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you created.
  • TV Ratings -You can block all programs that have received a certain TV rating(s). Be aware that some programs, such as live sports events, newscasts and public affairs programs have not been assigned ratings.
  • MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) Movie Ratings - You can block all films that have received a certain movie rating(s). Premium channels like HBO and Showtime air unedited movies that carry the original MPAA movie ratings.

What if I Don't Have a Cable Box?

If I don't have a cable set-top box, how can I block certain channels from being viewed in my home? In many cases, you can remove or skip a specific channel using your TV's settings. Refer to your TV user's manual for more information. Or you can request that Cox block channels by installing an electronic filter that "traps" out a particular channel. This filter is physically installed on the cable equipment outside your business and provides complete blocking of the specific channel until the device is removed. However, because the trap can affect the quality of the picture, you may want to consider upgrading to a cable box that includes parental controls.

What is a V-Chip?

The V-chip works in conjunction with the TV ratings system to allow parents to block programming they do not want their children to see. After becoming familiar with the TV ratings, parents can identify the level of programming they want to block. Then, by following the directions in the TV manual, parents can set the V-chip to block programs with certain ratings. The settings are password protected and can be changed at any time. For more information go to www.tvguidelines.org.

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