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Is 13 too young to see gun violence in movies? PG-15 rating could solve that, study suggests – The San Diego Union

Are 13-year-old teens exposed to too much gun violence in movies nowadays?

That is the question at the heart of a new study that’s sparking a lot of online chatter and debate this week, one that suggests that perhaps a new PG-15 rating on movies with gun violence could be an appropriate solution.

Courtesy: Annenberg Public Policy Center

For decades, the rating system has helped parents navigate the degree of violence or sexual images in movies but in a 2017 study, the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that gun violence in PG-13 movies has been on the rise.

That led to a subsequent study published Monday in which the APPC asked parents whether gun violence in PG-13 movies was appropriate for a 13-year-old to watch.

Specifically, the study looked at two types of violence — “justified violence” and “unjustified violence.” Examples of “justified violence” were found in PG-13 movies like “Live Free or Die Hard” and “Taken.” Examples of “unjustified violence” were found in movies like “Skyfall” and “Sicario.”

What the study found was this:

But opinions on whether teens are exposed to violence in movies widely vary from person to person. On Twitter, there was immediate pushback from some who see a PG-15 rating as a form of regulation run amok, and that parents should exercise discretion all the time.

Others believe adding a PG-15 rating on movies could be good and a much welcomed guide for parents in the age of Netflix and other online streaming services where movies can be easily accessed. One person suggested swapping out the PG-13 rating in favor of a PG-15 rating.

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