In today’s world, screen time takes up more of our lives than most of us would like to admit. But did you know that the average American will spend 7.5 years of their life watching TV and more than 5 years on social media? And that doesn’t even factor in the time spent playing video games and watching movies!
As technology becomes an increasing part of our culture, the amount of time engaged in media spent by the up and coming generations is growing as well. Children between the ages of 8 and 18 spend an average of 7.5 hours a day consuming media. While this in and of itself might seem alarming, the true concern is the nature of that media content.
More than 1,000 studies and reviews have concluded that consistent exposure to media violence can result in more aggressive behavior in children and a general desensitization toward violence. Pair this with the fact that 90% of the video games kids are playing contain violence and other mature content and 60% of all television shows have violent scenes, and you are left wondering how you could possibly guard your children against all this brutality.
In order to monitor your children’s media intake and protect them from the potentially threatening influence of media violence, it is critical to have a clear understanding of the rating systems used for various forms of media. Rawhide’s infographic guide to media ratings (below) equips you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about how your children are spending their screen time.