Our age-based reviews and ratings are a guide -- but ultimately, you're still the expert when it comes to your kids.
At this age, teens' intellectual powers allow for perception and insight.
Teens try out many forms of rebellion; one of the simplest has to do with language they know will drive adults (especially their parents) crazy.
They may write it in their texts, post it on their profile pages or blogs, or listen to music with raw lyrics.
While they can be susceptible to naïve opinions and one-sided arguments, they can also reflect, analyze, and confront moral and ethical questions (even if they might not be ready for the answers).
The media normalizes all sorts of behavior -- from suggestive dress to sexual talk to sex itself; try to steer kids this age away from content that pairs sex and violence or that stereotypes either men or women's sexual roles.
Because the whole topic of sex itself can be uncomfortable for teens, sexual humor also really comes into play now.
The way our kids consume and create media profoundly affects their social, emotional, and physical development.
That's why, when we make assessments about age appropriateness, we rely on developmental criteria from some of the nation's leading authorities to determine what content and activities are best suited for each age and stage.
Each family has different rules about swearing, but it's important for parents to set them.