This is big. One more example of where parenting really does make a difference.
Middle-schoolers who are forbidden to watch R-rated movies are less likely to start drinking than peers whose parents are more lenient about such films, new research on 2,406 children shows.
And, interestingly, that factor stands alone.
The outcome isn’t based on other parenting decisions, such as keeping greater tabs on children’s media use, says pediatrician James Sargent, co-author of the study and a professor at the school in Hanover, N.H.
What that means is that no matter how good the parenting is in other areas, neglecting to supervise the R-rated film viewing still has a devastating effect. The article makes an additional important point that many PG-13 films really should be R rated … so you still have to be proactive and not simply rely on ratings.