Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Study Raises Questions Over Movie Ratings

You may give the OK for your child to see a PG-13 movie, thinking the content is age appropriate, but a new study says when it comes to some risky behaviors on screen, there is little difference between PG-13 and R-rated flicks. Amy Bleakley is a research scientist at the Annenberg Center and author of a study in the latest edition of the journal Pediatrics. She says a PG-13 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, does not always stop the kind of material parents may think it does.
 
The study looked at 400 of the top-grossing movies released from 1985 to 2010. In nine out of ten, on average, the movies showed a main character involved in violence, and in just under eight of ten movies, the main character was in scenes showing other risky behavior such as drinking or sexual activity. Parents can review the Motion Picture Association of America's definitions of what it intends each rating category to mean on the MPAA website.

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