Age Restrictions On Movies
Doesn’t it seem a little messed up that parents aren’t allowed to take their kids to see any movie at the cinema when they can watch any film they like on DVD at home?
Think about it for a moment. We have age restrictions on movies to stop kids seeing images that might disturb them or otherwise have a negative effect on their lives, but this really only applies at the cinema. The moment the movie is released on DVD it’s basically free to be devoured by any child who has access to it. It pretty much makes the cinema restriction redundant.
Now I realise not all parents might not be considered as responsible as others, but surely it is every parents right to choose what their child views? Is it not better that the government simply gives guidance to parents about film content rather than blanket bans.
I would never go as far as allowing children to watch any movie on their own at the cinema and to be honest it disturbs me that they can do that in the comfort of their own home. The system we have today seems to be half-baked. It’s one rule for the cinema and a different one for DVDs.
Given a choice I’d change two things:
- I’d allow parents to take their kids to see any film at the cinema, but maintain the restriction on kids seeing films alone. Ideally, there’d be more information at the cinema regarding the specific content of movies (sex, violence etc.), so that parents could make more informed choices.
- I’d get DVD manufacturers to be obligated to add an extra restriction on DVD players so that a password is needed to watch films above a certain age restriction. Individual DVDs would then carry an age restriction flag that the DVD player would read.
So what do you think? Are the current restrictions enough or too much? Do you share the same view as me?