The V Chip Arrives

It can help parents monitor kids' TV viewing. But there's a low-tech way to do the same thing

Until last week I thought the V chip was a zesty new snack food, and according to a recent survey, I'm not alone. A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals a lot of confusion among parents about use of the V chip, which is designed to let us block objectionable shows from our TVs. By law, starting July 1, half of all new TVs sold in the U.S. with screens of 13 in. or larger must have a V chip installed. By Jan. 1, all new sets must contain one. So last week I attended a demonstration to get acquainted...

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