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Safer Internet Day 2015 sees the BBFC launch a new video and resource for young people

On 10 February 2015, the twelfth annual Safer Internet Day (SID) takes place with the theme ‘Let’s create a better internet together’. 

Date 09/02/2015

To support SID 2015, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is providing a new short video and online resource for young people, focussing on BBFC tools and partnerships working to help create a better, safer, internet for young people.

The video highlights how young people and their parents tell the BBFC what they think about film classification and age ratings for video-on-demand content; and how young people can use BBFC tools, including the BBFC website and free App for iPhone and Android devices, to make informed decisions about film content they watch on the internet. 

Young people can also hear about the BBFC’s work with mobile phone operators to ensure under-18s do not access adult content on mobile phone networks, and a pilot programme in partnership with the three major UK record labels, and Vevo and YouTube, to age rate music videos online.

To accompany the video, a new resource allows young people to find out more about BBFC tools and partnerships designed to help create a better and safer internet for them.

David Austin, Assistant Director, BBFC, said: "We speak to young people regularly through our education programme of events and seminars, and we gathered their views more formally during our most recent BBFC Classification Guidelines research. We asked teenagers for their opinions on film classification and 3 in 4 said it’s either very or quite important to them to have film classifications, while 49% said they watch films regularly on a PC or iPad. Our SID 2015 video is designed to show young people how they can use BBFC resources, like the BBFC website and the free BBFC app, to make informed decisions about the films they watch online. We also want to tell them more about how the BBFC is working with partners, including mobile network operators, and the music industry and online platforms, to create a better and age appropriate online experience for them."

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, SID sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. For SID2014, over 650 organisations got involved, reaching 25% of children and 18% of teenagers.

Globally, SID is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and 31 national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. 


For press enquiries about Safer Internet Day please contact Claire Lundie at Blue Rubicon on 020 7260 2700 or 07912 553314 or

For more information about the BBFC, contact Catherine Anderson 0207 440 3285 (out of hours: 07946 423719).

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