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Is Your Young Teen Ready for R Rated Movies

Updated on February 28, 2008

Movie Ratings

All movies have a rating, whether it be G or NC-17, they all have it. Movie ratings are there to help parents decide which movies are age appropriate for their children.

But, in order to decide which movies your teenagers should watch, you need to understand the ratings.

  • G- General Audiences. All Ages Admitted.

These movies contain no violence, nudity, sex, or language concerns.

  • PG- Parental Guidance Suggested. Some Material May Not Be Suitable For Children.

These movies may feature scenes or language that may need to be censored by the parents. It's good to view these movies first in regards to younger children.

  • PG13- Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13.

These movies feature things that parents of children under 13 may not want their child to see, such as some violence, nudity, sexuality, language, or adult activities.

  • R- Restricted. Children Under 17 Require Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian.

These movies tend to have adult themes and activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually- oriented nudity, drug abuse, or other substance abuse elements.

  • NC-17- No One 17 and Under Admitted

These movies are not marked because they are pornographic or obscene in nature, but more along the lines of just adult content.

Now, that you understand the ratings, how do you know if your teenager is ready for a rated R movie?

Well, if you ask a teenager, they're ready, or at least they think that they are.

If you teenager comes home from school wanting to watch a particular rated R movie that all his friends have seen, how do you tell him yes or no?

Well, first, if you haven't seen the movie, go out and watch the movie. You'll never know if your child is ready for a particular movie until you've seen the movie.

Because each rated R movie, is rated as such for different reasons, you'll need to know why the movie is rated R.

Some movies that are R rated, aren't so bad. Little bad language, very brief nude scenes, no drug use. Those movies, depending on the child, in my opinion, would be find for a teenager to watch.

Each child is different, so you, as the parent, will have to determine which movies your child can see and which you would rather him not see.

Don't agree to letting your child watch a rated R movie just because:

  • He claims all of his friends have seen the move.
  • You don't want to check it out first.
  • Because the parenting books say not to.

You want to take into account your child's maturity level and age before you decide whether he can see the movie or not.

Just because all the other 13 year olds are supposedly getting to watch the NC-17 movie, you need to look at your individual child before agreeing to such movie.

Once you've watched the movie, yourself, if you feel your child is ready for that particular movie, consider going with the child to see the movie or wait until it is on tape and rent it to watch at home, together.

Make sure that you child won't learn something from the R movie that you haven't already talked about first. Sex, drugs, and alcohol, are three big things that you want to make sure your teenager understands before she learns that her favorite actor did it in a movie so it must be ok.

I feel as though I'm rambling at this point, so remember...

Consider your individual child's age and maturity level before letting him see that particular rated R movie, he's dying to see.

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    • tschaunerb profile image

      tschaunerb 5 years ago from Medicine Hat

      the rating system in the states is corrupt, i think it is a parents responsibility to be aware of a films content

    • billips profile image

      billips 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Wise article - watching if first yourself is a definite musts - some are definitely ready a lot earlier and some, perhaps never - B.

    • marygarrison profile image

      marygarrison 8 years ago

      Interesting and informative article. I agree, wholeheartedly, with your statement: "Make sure that your child won't learn something from the R movie that you haven't already talked about first." I've had some of my most challenging, and thought provoking, conversations, with my son, because of a movie's content. Movies can be used to share your own personal views with your children, on many important relational issues.