The Censorship Debate: Should there be censorship on the media material to avoid negative influences on adolescents?
- Censorship in today’s age is incredibly easy to go against. People are able to gain media material in many different ways than there was now than there was before. For example, films can now be watched online where people can lie about their age so they can be of age on the movie rating. Also, people are able to download films illegally from the internet or have older people buy the films for them so censorship is almost pointless as people always have ways of going against it.
- If children are going to watch a film or play a video game which is rated older than what they are it should be the parent’s responsibility to know their child well enough to know if they are emotionally and mentally mature enough to watch the film or play the video game.
- A video game or film cannot truly influence someone into misbehaving or have negative effects on the person. This would be done to their behavior and background and if they are not passive enough to know that the film or game is not real and that they are also mature enough to know not to let this effect them
- An age rating can also not determine the maturity of a person and whether they are emotionally and mentally mature enough to handle the media material. For example. a fifteen year old may be mature enough to handle something an eighteen year old cannot.
- Censorship allows a security wall against letting children and under eighteens see things that may be too graphic or harmful for them.
- As under eighteens are much more likely to be persuaded and are more influenced by what they see, censorship can be used to protect minors from seeing things they may be influenced into doing such as violence, alcohol and drugs. Having a watershed helps to keep these things that may be seen by children at a very low risk of them viewing such things.
- Having censorship allows parents and guardians to control and know what they wish to show their child and have a better insight on what a media piece may contain and whether it is suitable and appropriate for their child (whether it’s a video, game, film or tv show)
- Age ratings help to determine the suitability of contain a child may view and allow a larger insight to stronger content. For example a PG rating on film won’t use strong language or violence and will be more suited to kids without the use of drugs, alcohol or sexual scenes in this film. However, a 15+ rating film will have much stronger and darker films as at this age people are more likely to understand that the content shown isn’t real and that the content shown in the media is likely to be copied.