Effects of media ratings on children and adolescents: a litmus test of the forbidden fruit effect

@article{Gosselt2012EffectsOM,
  title={Effects of media ratings on children and adolescents: a litmus test of the forbidden fruit effect},
  author={Jordi Franciscus Gosselt and M. Jong and J. Hoof},
  journal={Journal of Communication},
  year={2012},
  volume={62},
  pages={1084-1101}
}
Media ratings serve to inform parents about and protect minors from violent or otherwise harmful media content. Most of these systems use age pictograms and content warning pictograms for entertainment products. An experiment was conducted to investigate whether these pictograms, contrary to their purpose, have an appealing effect on children and adolescents. Compared to prior studies into this ‘‘forbidden fruit effect’’ concerning DVDs and games, more realistic materials were used. In the… Expand

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