What do you think when you hear media violence? Media violence is growing more than ever and affecting children in all age groups. Teens have been begging for more violent video games. The violence section of games and television is the leading cause in the marketing industry. Are ratings and warning being overlooked? The ratings of video games, television and movies and the exposure and effects media violence has on kids and what research has been found.
Government has stepped in and regulated all video games, television shows and a movie to include ratings about the content children or minor’s watch. The Entertainment Software Rating Board uses ratings such as E for Everyone to M for Mature 17+ on the front of video games. ESRB currently has a total of seven rating symbols to suggest age appropriators. On the back of video games the ESRB uses content descriptors to give a summary of what can be viewed. Some ESRB descriptors are Blood, Language, Violence, And Sexual Content.
Television has been around for a long time and with cable and satellite there is an endless supply of channels. To help understand TV ratings, “TV rating icon appears in the upper left-hand corner of the screen at the beginning of all rated programs.” . (TV. parental guidelines.org). The only programs that don’t get rated are news programs and sports.
Today there are seven television rating symbols ranging from TV-Y for youth TV to TV-MA for mature audiences any. Television programs are rated by broadcast and cable networks. The motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) assigns a rating to every film. These ratings help parents decide if the movie is acceptable for their child to watch. Each rating indicates a language in detail of the why it received such rating.
There a few movies ratings; rated G is for All Age Appropriate and NC-17 is strictly off limits for children under 17 years old. According to MPAA. “The rating system exists to provide clear...