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October 27, 2014

Researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania recently conducted a study to gauge how violent and sexual content in movies affect parents. Specifically, they sought to measure how being exposed to such images influenced what parents thought would be appropriate for children. They found that as parents see more sex and violence in movies, they become more desensitized to it themselves and are more likely to let their children watch such movies at younger ages. Parents were shown clips from six mainstream films containing similar levels of graphic violence and explicit sex. After each clip, researchers asked participants what age they thought the film would be appropriate for, giving them a range from 6 to 19 years old. For the first violent clip, the average age given was ...

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