Children's Involvement in Classifying (Rating) Films, in Several Countries
What is it about?
Many countries have film classification systems, to set age ratings for films, home videos, and so on. Most of these systems are run by government agencies, or to meet government regulations. All governments (except the USA) have signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which includes the provision that children participate in decisions that affect them. Film age rating essentially limits children's access to film, so film classification is a decision that affects them. This paper looks at the film classification systems in several countries to see if children do participate, and to what extent.
Why is it important?
Children's participation rights are an important aspect of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Although film classification gets less attention than other decisions that affect children, participation in all decisions is desirable. Also, as film classification gets less attention than other issues, a country's progress in this area can serve as a marker to genuine commitment, as opposed to progress on issues that are more likely to be reported.
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