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A family-friendly product is one that is considered to be suitable for all members of the average family.[1][2][3][4][5] In particular it means that it is not considered inappropriate for children, which may imply restrictions on engagement in, or depiction of, nudity, sex, high violence, horror, profanity, ethnic slurs, innuendo, drug use, racism, and the such. At the same time, most family friendly products avoid marketing solely to children and attempt to make the product palatable to adults as well. The precise definition of "family friendly" can vary depending upon the person using the term (such as those marketed with religious values; a Christian might find such a product to be family-friendly while an atheist would consider it indoctrination).

Some examples of companies who promote products intended to be family-friendly include INSP, Hallmark, Discovery Family, Me-TV Network, Antenna TV, The Walt Disney Company, Nickelodeon, Boomerang, Nintendo, Litton Entertainment, and Pixar.[6][7][8]


In politics, new workplace legislation may be introduced to strengthen the family unit through giving parents more flexible family-friendly working hours or educational reforms to helping children with special needs and to give parents more choice in how they are schooled.[9]

Hospitality Industry[edit]

The concept of family-friendliness within the tourism sector is constantly evolving. Hotels concentrate new services towards family-friendliness in a narrower concept such as child (kids stay and eat free)[10] and pet-friendliness (pet friendly hotel chains)[11] within the overall family-friendliness customer orientated concept.


An overwhelming theme of television in the 1990’s was the trend of the family sitcom. This trend became enormously popular in the 90’s with shows such as Full House, Boy Meets World, Family Matters, Home Improvement, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Step by Step. During their prime, these shows were some of the hottest sitcoms on TV.

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  1. ^ "Museums Put a New Emphasis on "Family-Friendly"". The New York Times. March 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Family-Friendly Hotels". The New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Family-Friendly Restaurants". The New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Family-Friendly Hotels". Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Family-Friendly Restaurants". Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Family-Friendly Walt Disney Co.". Reuters. September 12, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Family-Friendly Nickelodeon". Courier Post. December 29, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Family-Friendly Pixar". North Whales Chronicle. July 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Coalition To Unveil Family-Friendly Agenda In Queens Speech". The Guardian. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Kids Stay And Eat Free". Holiday Inn. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Pet Friendly Hotel Chains". Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
"Family Friendly Holidays". Retrieved March 06, 2015.

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