We've all been there in our younger days: standing nervously in a checkout line hoping the cashier turns a blind eye to the "unrated" DVD or M-rated game in the shopping cart. The attempts by regulatory bodies to restrict minors' access to "adult" content date back to the '60s, but for just as long, kids, as they are known to do, have tested the limits of those restrictions.
In a new study, the FTC ran tests to find out what forms of media are most frequently purchased by minors despite labels banning such sales. The commission sent out 13-16 year olds to attempt to buy Rated-R movie tickets, Rated-R DVDs, Parental Advisory CDs and M-Rated games.
Which products were the easiest to procure? Parental Advisory CDs by far, with kids having a 64 percent success rate (Tip: go to Target where it's more like 77 percent). M-Rated videogames were the hardest for the kiddies to snag, with only 13 percent making out of the store unscathed.
Moral of the story? If you want Grand Theft Auto, get your big brother to buy it.