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Age appropriateness or child-friendly is the progression of behavioral norms largely agreed upon within a society or among sociological and psychological authorities to be appropriate to a child's development of social skills. These behaviors are divided into a number of development stages based upon the child's age.
Lack of exposure to age appropriate activities and experiences is commonly thought to prevent a child from gaining the skills necessary for their current and thus their next stage of development.
In the United States, age determination guidelines for toys and games are suggested by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and consider child development (for children under 12 years of age) and toy characteristics. When considering child development, the CPSC looks at the physical development, cognitive development, emotional development and social development of children. The CPSC guidelines are then separated into four categories which include: play categories, toy subcategories, age groups, and toy characteristics.
Media and film
Content ratings often indicate at which age that content is considered by the rating body to be age-appropriate. For example, in the United States, TV-14 indicates that the television program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years old; it is the equivalent to PG-13 for motion pictures.
- Therrell, James A. (2002-09-01). Smith, Timothy P. (ed.). "AGE DETERMINATION GUIDELINES: Relating Children's Ages To Toy Characteristics and Play Behavior" (PDF). Play Today. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Retrieved 2018-04-17.
- Both ratings mean "parents strongly cautioned" and set up a similar age recommendation.
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