First of all, I apologize if this is the wrong forum, but the writing forum seemed more about showing off work and less about asking questions.
Here's my question though. Obviously, many writers try to avoid onscreen violent deaths of children due to the moral backlash it would cause, however are there any laws or regulations against it? Is there a law against exposing a child to the kind of R rated gore necessary for them to act out their own dismemberment scene? And if that's the case, would there still be rules against describing the gory details of some 8 year old fighting a wood chipper in a novel or a comic book?
I don't condone violence against actual children, but I don't condone shooting an actual innocent 40 year-old man in the face so you can take his car. The latter is perfectly acceptable in video games, movies, books, hell you could even write a song about it.
Either people realize that fiction is fiction, and the act of one person slashing, mauling, and disintegrating another of any age is really just a collection of lines moving around a screen, not ACTUALLY hurting anyone (in which case it makes no sense that the murder of a child would be any more disturbing than the murder of an adult), or people feel that murdering a child in fiction is wrong because to show it being done is like endorsing it (in which case the writer of something where innocent adults are murdered but children aren't must be encouraging real people to go murder innocent people as long as they're adults, which is disturbing in and of itself).
But yeah, personal opinions aside, is there any legal action preventing the onscreen death of a child in a work of fiction?