The BBFC has commissioned research into public attitudes towards certain types of bad language. The BBFC writes:
This will comprise qualitative and quantitative elements, examining attitudes across the UK towards both
the rating of bad language and how these elements should be described in ratings info. In particular, the research will focus on: strong language [ie 'fuck'] at 12A/12; very strong language [ie 'cunt'] at 15; reclaimed uses of the 'n' word at the 12A/12
level, particularly in music videos; and implied bad language and word play, such as WTF.
New research by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has shown that children and teens are being exposed to harmful or upsetting content while in lockdown, often on a daily basis.
The research, carried out by
YouGov, has revealed that in lockdown, nearly half (47%) of children and teens have seen content they'd rather avoid, leaving them feeling uncomfortable (29%), scared (23%) and confused (19%).
One in seven (13%) said they see
harmful content daily while in lockdown, with 14 year olds exposed to the most. A quarter (24%) of 14 year olds say they see harmful content on a daily basis.
This comes as more than half (53%) parents say they haven't spoken to
their children about their increased time online during lockdown, with a third (29%) saying they didn't think those chats would make a difference.
The BBFC is encouraging parents to talk to their children about what content they
might be watching online during lockdown, as 60% of children say they have approached their parents to chat after seeing content that has upset or disturbed them while they've been online in lockdown.
Parents, and young people,
can check out age ratings and ratings info to find out what content might contain on the BBFC website and app. The BBFC also has a wide range of educational resources to help parents homeschool their children during lockdown available on their website,
and on their children's website cbbfc.
The research also shows that 82% of parents, and three quarters (73%) of children want to see trusted BBFC age ratings and ratings info displayed on user generated content platforms like
YouTube, so they can avoid content that might upset or disturb them.
95% of parents said they want age ratings on user generated content platforms linked to parental filters. The BBFC is therefore calling on platforms to consider
using BBFC age ratings for their content, and for uploaders of user generated content to age rate their content which could then be linked to parental filters.
David Austin, Chief Executive of the BBFC, said:
This research shows that during the lockdown parents can make a real difference to their children's risks online if they talk about how to avoid potentially distressing and inappropriate content. We're supporting parents to help their
children to navigate the online world safely, and both our website and children's website cbbfc, contain a wealth of free educational resources including ones we have developed with the PHSE Association.
But platforms have a role
to play as well. What a difference it would make, for example, if YouTube had well known, trusted BBFC age ratings created by those uploading or watching the video, that parents and young people recognise from the cinema, DVD and Blu-ray and Netflix,
linked to filters. Now more than ever we need to work together to protect children online by giving them the information they need to choose content well.
This research supports the Government's recognition of the
need to help families stay safe online, with guidance recently issued containing the four-point plan including: reviewing security and safety settings; checking facts and guarding against disinformation; being vigilant against fraud and scams; and
managing the amount of time spent online.
The latest cinema cuts from the BBFC, for animal cruelty
30th April 2020
Thanks to Trash Panda
Dau: Degeneration - Episode 9 is a 2020 Germany / Ukraine / UK / Russia drama by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Ilya Permyakov. Starring Vladimir Azhippo, Dmitry Kaledin and Olga Shkabarnya.
A secret Soviet Institute conducts scientific and occult experiments on animals and human beings to create the perfect person. The KGB general and his aides turn a blind eye to erotic adventures of the director of the
Institute, scandalous debauches of prominent scientists and their cruel and insane research. One day, a radical ultra right-wing group arrives in the laboratory under the guise of test subjects. They get a task - to eradicate the decaying elements of the
Institute's community, and if needs be, destroy the fragile world of secret Soviet science.
The latest cinema cuts from the BBFC are to episode 9 of the Russian language arts film DAU: Degeneration. The film was rated 18 but only
after cut for animal cruelty.
Thanks to Trash Panda who notes that the film has been streaming on dau.movie for several weeks in its uncut format with an assumed BBFC 18
label. Of course BBFC certificates are essentially voluntary online and do not carry any legal force.
Trash Panda also notes that another film fro the DAU project, Dau: Natasha, has proven controversial as actors were actually hurt on set.
Perhaps related to the BBFC cuts here, Dau Natsasha has just been hastily taken down from the DAU website. Maybe they realised they were being a bit presumptive when streaming the film with a BBFC 18 label.