In recent years, the PG-13 rating has become the goal for many film studios. Since parents are unlikely to let their children
watch an R rated movie, and kids are unlikely to want to see a PG movie, PG-13 provides a middle ground that’s good for marketing. But is it good for kids?
Overall, a PG-13 movie today contains much more violence than it did in years past.
Director of CMCH, Dr. Michael Rich
, points out that “Whether it’s on video games, movies or television, an immense body of research links repeated
exposure to violent media with ‘elevated fear and anxiety, desensitization to human suffering and increases in aggressive thoughts and behaviors.’”