美国是全球动画片产业的发源地，同时也是最早制定动画片分级标准的国家。美国电影协会（MPAA）制定的分级标准包括：G级 （适合所有年龄段观众）、PG级 （部分镜头或情节不适合儿童观看）、PG-13级（13岁以下观众需监护人陪同观看）和R级（18岁以下观众不宜观看）。
With the globalization and popularization of English education, more and more countries are starting to teach children English. English cartoons, as an important resource for children’s English learning, are widely welcomed. However, different countries have different grading standards for English animated films, which has caused some confusion and also made parents need to pay more attention. Next, let’s introduce the grading standards for English cartoons in detail.
The United States is the birthplace of the global animation industry, and is also the first country to establish animation grading standards. The rating standards established by the American Film Association (MPAA) include: G (suitable for all age groups), PG (some scenes or plots are not suitable for children to watch), PG-13 (viewers under the age of 13 need to be accompanied by a guardian to watch), and R (not suitable for viewers under the age of 18).
Canada is a multicultural country, and there are differences in Canada based on different provinces. American adult language may not be well known to children under the age of 5 in China, but it may be easily accepted by children in an English speaking environment. Therefore, when choosing cartoons for their children, parents must pay attention to comprehensive consideration and choose cartoons that are suitable for their children’s age and interests.
4、 Practical application
The grading standards for cartoons are mainly aimed at ensuring the safety and suitability of children’s viewing, but parents only choose cartoons based on the standard grading, which is not the best choice. Compared to the grading criteria, what is more important is the parents’ own judgment and companionship. When selecting cartoons for their children, parents can first take a look at the trailers of the cartoons and pay attention to whether there are scenes of violence, blood, terror, etc. in the trailers. In addition, when children watch cartoons, parents should also accept their children’s inquiries at any time, and accompany them to share their viewing experience. This not only builds mutual trust, but also enables children to better learn English.
In short, cartoons are an interesting and effective English learning resource, but parents should also be careful when selecting English cartoons for their children. Although there are grading standards, it is still possible to select cartoons that are not suitable if you do not pay attention to them. Therefore, parents need to pay attention to the emotional value conveyed behind each cartoon and have a mindset of caring and accompanying their children at all times, so as to truly exert the advantages of cartoons and make their children’s English learning more colorful and colorful.