And while many teens love a good scary movie, not all scares are created equal: Slasher films will still scare most kids this age (for good reason! At this age, many teens have matured physically, and some have become sexually active.
They can understand a range of sexual behavior, from normal to violent, so it's critical to talk with them about what they see and think, even though it can be a tough conversation.
Below you will find the developmental guidelines we use in establishing our age ratings and recommendations.
But even as we rely on experts, we know that all kids grow and mature differently.
Remind teens that they can untag themselves whenever they're identified, and stress that they need to respect others' privacy as well.It's important for teens to become global citizens; learning how other societies behave is a critical 21st-century skill.At this age, teens may be trying to balance what it means to develop ethical standards with being accepted by their friends and peers.At this age, "alpha dog" and "queen bee" behavior is the norm, but things can get dangerous when that tendency is paired with verbal or physical threats -- the way it's so often depicted in the media.The violence that teens see in games, on TV shows, and at the movies needs discussion so that they don't "pose" violently in real life.Kids this age should be encouraged to balance cyber social time with real social time; parents should watch out for screen-addictive behavior replacing real contact.