Chapter 23. The Rating Systems for Media Products

  1. Dr Sandra L. Calvert doctorate Chair Professor Director fellow2 and
  2. Barbara J. Wilson Head research consultant3
  1. Dr Douglas A. Gentile PhD, doctorate in child psychology developmental psychologist Assistant Professor Director

Published Online: 23 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302752.ch23

The Handbook of Children, Media, and Development

The Handbook of Children, Media, and Development

How to Cite

Gentile, D. A. (2008) The Rating Systems for Media Products, in The Handbook of Children, Media, and Development (eds S. L. Calvert and B. J. Wilson), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302752.ch23

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Georgetown University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Author Information

  1. Iowa State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 JUN 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405144179

Online ISBN: 9781444302752

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Keywords:

  • description - current rating systems;
  • limitations - rating systems;
  • ratings creep;
  • content-based information;
  • forbidden fruit problem;
  • Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB);
  • experts on ratings - current media and academic researchers

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Goals of Rating Systems

  • History and Description of Current Rating Systems

  • Limitations of the Rating Systems

  • What Happens When Ratings Are Used?

  • Conclusion

  • References