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Content, ratings, and protecting kids from stuff

July 30th, 2007 (08:29 am)
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gillen posted about This Film Is Not Yet Rated, which spc476 showed me a little while back. I'd meant to post on it, but I wanted to do a little more research, and, well, you know. Life happened.

So, at the mention, I remembered I wanted to look at that. Wikipedia has a really interesting article on the history, workings and criticisms of the MPAA ratings system. I'd mentioned to SPC that with all the criticism, surely someone's started alternative ratings systems by now. He was highly skeptical. Well, I win.

(By the way, some of the links below offend my religiious sensibilities, but I include them anyway, as some parents may find them useful.)

Film Advisory Board
http://www.filmadvisoryboard.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_Advisory_Board

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for Film and Broadcasting
http://www.usccb.org/movies/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Conference_of_Catholic_Bishops%27_Office_for_Film_and_Broadcasting

That's nice to know, but I still don't find these ratings schemes entirely satisfactory, as they don't take into account what kinds of content are playing into the decision for a particular rating. For instance, I don't find huge amounts of violence with the blood and gore omitted to be "okay". I don't like that kind of lack of consequence in live action film. So a movie that gets a mild rating based on that is going to tick me off.

Here are some systems and sites that dig a little deeper:

Kids-in-Mind
http://www.kids-in-mind.com/

Screen it!
http://www.screenit.com/index1.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screen_it%21

Kidscore
http://www.mediafamily.org/kidscore/index.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Institute_on_Media_and_the_Family

CAP Alert
http://www.capalert.com/now_playing.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChildCare_Action_Project

Furthermore:

-- How motion pictures are rated 'round the world
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_picture_rating_systems

-- Television rating systems
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_rating_system
---- V-Chip
http://www.fcc.gov/vchip/

-- Video game rating systems
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game_content_rating_system
---- ESRB
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ESRB
http://www.esrb.org/index-js.jsp

-- Marvel's comic book rating system
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Rating_System
http://www.marvel.com/catalog/ratings.htm

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