TV & Movie Ratings: A Helpful Guide for Parents
November 12, 2014•9 min
When you think of movie and TV ratings, parents tend to trust the letters. But has society changed so much that we are desensitized to violence and/or sex?When you think of movie and TV ratings, parents tend to trust the letters. But has society changed so much that we are desensitized to the actual violence or sex? How can you know whats appropriate for your children?Movie ratings are intended to give you an idea of the content of a movie or television show to help protect your child from inappropriate material. The five basic movie ratings are G, PG, PG13, R and NC17.This range -- G (general audience) to NC17 (no one under 17 admitted) -- can help you decide what's right for your child.The Motion Picture Association of America puts out these ratings as guidelines, but you should always check online reviews to read what others have to say about the real content, just to play it safe. Listen in as Dr. Corinn Cross and Melanie Cole, MS, discuss the movie rating system and help you decide how to best use these guidelines.You can also check out Common Sense Media for more helpful information.