by Diane Debrovner | Parents Magazine | August 1, 2007

This Summer’s movie releases include many films that kids are attracted to (Spiderman, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Simpsons Movie
to name a few). But do the movies’ ratings match how parents would rate them? A 2002 study found
that parents often disagreed with how much violence was appropriate for kids to see.

Director of CMCH, Dr. Michael Rich, was interviewed for an article about movie ratings in the August issue of Parents magazine. He noted that “movies can be uplifting, enlightening,
and funny, but some can make all sorts of high-risk behavior — from smoking to shooting — seem attractive and perfectly normal to kids.”

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