The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has published new Classification Guidelines alongside the results of the large-scale public consultation which underpins them. The new Classification Guidelines will come into force on 24 February 2014.
Specific changes to the Classification Guidelines as a result of the public consultation include:
A specific issue highlighted by the public consultation is in relation to sexual content. The public is particularly concerned about the sexualisation of girls, and pornography. The content of music videos and the ease of accessibility of online porn are special worries.
Parents are also concerned about risks to vulnerable adolescents including self-harm, suicide, drug misuse and premature access to sexual content, including what some describe as the ‘normalisation’ in films and videos of behaviours which parents consider inappropriate. Read more on the BBFC site.