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#askBBFC Twitter Q and A Transcript - Wednesday 30 October

On Wednesday 30 October we held the answers session for our first themed BBFC #askBBFC twitter Q and A. The theme was protecting children and age ratings for children's films.

Date 31/10/2013

The previous week, we asked parents, teachers and our other followers to tweet us with their questions about age ratings for kids films at the cinema, on DVD or online.

The answer session took the most interesting questions and answered them during a 30 minute session. If you missed this, the transcript of questions and answers follows below.

We aim to hold a twitter Q and A once a month and we’ll give plenty notice about when we’re collecting questions, whether there is a specific theme and when the answer session will take place. We use this format to ensure that any questions that require detailed answers can be researched if required and formulated into as few tweets as possible.

You can send longer questions you have to us at any time, by emailing us.

#askBBFC Twitter Q and A Transcript

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This afternoon our #askBBFC Twitter Q&A answers session is all about film ratings for kids.

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We're going to kick off with a question about parent & baby screenings and how these are organised #askBBFC

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#askBBFC EllieLevenson asks: Why do some parent & baby showings only show U & PG & others happy to show 15 & 18?

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#askBBFC EllieLevenson - parent & baby screenings are organised by cinemas who get permission from their Local Council to hold them

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#askBBFC EllieLevenson this is because it is the Local Council that grants the cinema its licence to show films under the Licensing Act

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#askBBFC EllieLevenson - the Local Council & the cinema will agree what films can be used for parent & baby screenings

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Next up - do children get a say in the BBFC Guidelines? #askBBFC

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#askBBFC DavidStewart: How - if at all are children consulted about the kinds of imagery that are considered (un)suitable for them to view?

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#askBBFC DavidStewart we regularly talk to children at seminars, film festivals & school visits & ask them what they think about age ratings

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#askBBFC DavidStewart - in 2012 we visited 140+ schools, colleges, universities & film festivals, involving over 12,000 students of all ages

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#askBBFC DavidStewart we’ve been surveying teenagers views on age ratings for recent films as part of our education work

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#askBBFC DavidStewart we also spoke to teens in our recent large-scale public consultation on the BBFC Classification Guidelines

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Next we'll talk about U & PG, what they mean and what you can expect #askBBFC

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#askBBFC JessRuston asks: I have a toddler. Can I be sure that all U films really are suitable for her?

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#askBBFC JessRuston - U films should be suitable for audiences of 4 & up. But it’s impossible to predict what might upset a particular child

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#askBBFC JessRuston - We give U films aimed at very young viewers special BBFCinsight stating they are suitable for pre-school children

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#askBBFC HazelPhillips asks something similar: Is there actually an age guide for PG films?

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#askBBFC HazelPhillips - PG films shouldn’t disturb a child of 8 & up. Parents can check BBFCinsight to see if a PG film suits their child

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#askBBFC HazelPhillips - It's worth noting that sometimes films are rated PG but have not been made with a young audience in mind

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#askBBFC next up, LyndaWilliams asks: Is the cinema and DVD rating always the same for children's films?

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#askBBFC LyndaWilliams - normally the age rating is the same unless any DVD extras are rated higher than the film

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#askBBFC LyndaWilliams - you can use the BBFC website or free BBFCapp to check both Film & DVD age ratings http://bit.ly/19aSOWV

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We've talked about film ratings for younger children, but what about age ratings for teens? #askBBFC

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#askBBFC JoshHoney asks: Why do some 15's contain 'strong language' yet other 15's also contain 'very strong language'?

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JoshHoney - At 15 there’s no upper limit on uses of strong language but only occasional very strong language is permitted #askBBFC

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#askBBFC JoshHoney - Continued & aggressive uses of very strong language will not normally be passed at 15

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#askBBFC JoshHoney - you can see the Guidelines for 15 at http://www.bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/15 …

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We're going to finish today with a question about how we tell parents about age ratings & what they mean & who enforces them #askBBFC

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#askBBFC FromPage2Screen parents need reminding certificates are there for a reason &not allow children to dictate what parents buy for them

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#askBBFC FromPage2Screen - you can read about the laws enforced for age ratings by cinemas&retailers at: http://bit.ly/1cgh3Ti

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#askBBFC FromPage2Screen - BBFCage rating symbols have high public recognition but we use BBFCinsight to give parents more information

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#askBBFC FromPage2Screen - we also produce posters for cinemas & schools to remind parents&children about age ratings http://bit.ly/11rwMeH

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Thank you for all your questions, that's all we've got time for this afternoon. We'll publish a transcript of the whole #askBBFC Q&A

 

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