Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island (CLIA PEI) - Legal Information for Youth

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Am I old enough?

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Am I old enough?

Movies and video games have age related ratings. These ratings indicate for which age group the entertainment is appropriate, and when it is against the law for a young person to buy, rent or see the entertainment.

Gambling

You must be 19 or older to buy lottery tickets, play VLTs or engage in any other form of gambling.

Is it against the law for me to play restricted video games or watch restricted movies?

You may be able to go to the theatre and see an age-restricted movie, or buy or rent a restricted or mature-rated video game, if accompanied by your parent or legal guardian. The person accompanying you may be required to show ID, and sign a statement in the store.

However, some forms of entertainment are prohibited for people under the age of 18, even with parental consent. In those cases, if people allow you to see an age-restricted movie at a theatre, or allow you to buy or rent a restricted or mature-rated video or game, they are breaking the law. You will not be charged for watching or playing, but the employee or business owner who allowed you to do so can be disciplined and fined.

Movies

You must be 18 or older to rent or buy films that say "Explicit Material" or "Restricted -- Graphic Sexual Content".

Piercings

You must be at least 16 years old to get body piercings without written permission from your parents. You can get these piercings at a younger age if you have your parent’s written permission. In both cases, you will have to show photo identification to prove your age. You must be 18 or older to get intimate body piercings without written permission from your parents. Intimate piercings include nipples and the genital area for females and the genital area for males. If you are 16 or 17, you can get these piercings with written permission from your parents. In both cases, you will have to show photo identification to prove your age.

Tattoos

You must be 18 or older to get tattoos without written permission from your parents. If you are 16 or 17, you can get tattoos with permission from your parents. In both cases, you will have to show photo identification to prove your age.