When it comes to sex and violence, a new study says that “the more parents see, the less they care”.
This is what is the attitude of parents of children (aged 6 to 18) towards film content that may be objectionable or disturbing, as per a study conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
The study found that parents grew desensitized as the body count mounted (violence) and sexual activity heated up.
“The rise of violence and gun violence in PG-13 movies means that lots of kids are able to go into movie theaters and see explicit violence. We wanted to find out why parents didn’t show more concern. Why was this happening without pushback?,” Dan Romer, associate director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
I guess the trouble is that even parents live in a fantasy world nowadays, and fail to realize that what creates an even worse influence on their kids is their own permissive attitude and enjoyment of these movies.
Kids now instinctively know their is something not right with these (violence and sex) scenes, but ignore them after seeing their parent’s dismissive reactions.
The study’s authors argue that there may be social costs to greater permissiveness.