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BBFC adds child-friendly long BBFCinsight to CBBFC to help families make informed viewing decisions together

As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the BBFC is today launching a short video to promote new child-friendly long BBFCinsight, which is now available on the CBBFC website for children and families ( 

Date 09/02/2016

A new competition will also ask children to tell the BBFC what information they would like to see in long BBFCinsight on CBBFC.

The theme of Safer Internet Day 2016 is ‘Play your part for a better internet’ and the BBFC is encouraging children and their parents to check child-friendly long BBFCinsight on CBBFC for films they want to watch on Video-on-Demand services.

Age ratings are not required by law for films available on Video-on-Demand services, but many platforms choose to use the BBFC’s well known and trusted age ratings. Research carried out in 2015 also shows online classification checking is now approaching the level of checking undertaken by parents for cinema films with 81% checking age ratings for Video-on-Demand content.

Long BBFCinsight on CBBFC lets children know why a film received a particular classification and gives them extra information about scary or sad scenes, or other issues they might want to know about before watching the film. Long BBFCinsight on CBBFC is available for films classified U, PG and 12A at the cinema, or 12 on DVD/Blu-ray or online.

Lucy Brett, BBFC Head of Education said: “Through our education work we speak to thousands of children and young people each year and it is clear that many of them watch films and videos online regularly. We want to help them make the most informed decision they can about their viewing which is why we are offering younger viewers more information about the films they want to watch, and tailoring BBFCinsight, which is written for adults, for younger learners who use our children's website, CBBFC.

“We also want children to tell us what they want and need to know and a new competition will allow children to tell us what sort of information they find most useful in BBFCinsight. The competition will challenge young film fans to write their own long BBFCinsight for favourite films viewed at home, in the cinema or online, letting us know how we can keep our insight smart, short, relevant and up to date for younger viewers.”

Children and their families can see how to check long BBFCinsight in a new short video from the BBFC. The video also reminds families to use legal websites to watch films online, and for children to check with an adult before they use a new Video-on-Demand service.

CBBFC lets children and their parents, choose a Video-on-Demand film that’s right for them and any friends or family they might want to watch it with. The CBBFC website can be accessed from a desk top or laptop computer and is also available on mobile and tablet devices.

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