Violence In PG-13 Films: Does Scientists' Critique Of MPAA Get It Right?
A new study's authors say gun violence in PG-13 films now rivals R-rated films, but their claims about the dangers of violent media might be on shaky ground.By Steven Sparkman | November 11, 2013
If you’re a parent picking a movie for your youngsters, the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings are probably your go-to guide on what to expect.
You can be sure, for instance, that a PG-13 movie won’t contain more than one F-word, more than a flash of nudity, or any of either if it’s sexual. In fact, you can be reasonably sure there won’t be sex. (Via Motion Picture Association of America)
But when it comes to violence, well, you might not know what to expect. A new study in the journal Pediatrics says violence in PG-13 movies has been climbing steadily for decades.