Movie Ratings


Do you know what qualifies a movie to be rated PG-13? With school out of session and the summer movie season in full swing, kids everywhere will be heading to seeing to movie theaters. But for those younger children, are you sure that the movies that your kids watch are age appropriate?


The gap between a Rated R and a Rated PG-13 movie is getting smaller and the lines more blurred. We see movies like Iron Man 3 and Transformers that show a lot of violence and destruction and wonder is it too much for kids? According to an article from the Huffington Post on this subject, “A study published in a 2008 issue of Pediatrics reported that almost 13 percent of kids between 10 and 14 watch “extremely” graphic depictions of violence in film. Meanwhile, The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry reports that the typical American child will view more than 200,000 acts of big and small screen violence, including more than 16,000 murders, before age 18, and that such exposure may result in more aggressive behavior as violent heroes become role models. PG-13 films are a significant source of this violence–not to mention nudity, profanity, sexual situations, and references to drugs and alcohol–and yet an increasing number of parents sanction such films for their children who are far younger.”


So what’s wrong here: is it the rating system or is it up to the parents to monitor what the children watch? We think it’s a little bit of both. With all the super hero movies constantly coming out, they inherently attract a younger audience. If what the study says is true, then maybe the ratings should change so that younger children aren’t exposed to so much violence. At the same time, we still believe that families should take a proactive role in what their kids watch, whether that’s actively researching what movie to see before you go to see it or discussing what your kids saw and felt after watching that movie.


We want to know what you think. Do you think there should be a change in the movie rating system?

Here’s the article if you want to read more:


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