Online Music Videos

To help parents and children choose the most appropriate music videos, the BBFC is working with key players in the industry to classify online videos and give them voluntary age ratings.

All music videos by artists signed to Sony Music UK, Universal Music UK, Warner Music UK and all UK independent labels that are unsuitable for children under 12 will be classified with a BBFC age rating, which is displayed next to the video when it is published on YouTube.

UK record labels submit any music video for release online by artists signed to their label in the UK that they would expect to receive at least a 12 rating. The BBFC examines the videos and classifies them with the appropriate age rating, based on our published BBFC Classification Guidelines, and this is displayed with the video.

Some British artists are signed to US record labels and their videos are not currently sent to us for classifying. You can search our website for all music videos currently given a BBFC age rating.

The kinds of issues the BBFC considers in classifying music videos include bad language, dangerous behaviour presented as safe, drug misuse, sexual behaviour and nudity, and threatening behaviour and violence.