New measures build on progress protecting childhood

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Age ratings will be given to a range of video content that is currently exempt - such as some music and sports DVDs - so that those unsuitable for younger children will have to carry a British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) age rating in future.

The government is also announcing plans for public WiFi providers to filter websites in public places to give parents the peace of mind that children will be protected from inappropriate websites when away from home.

The announcements come alongside the publication of the government’s Bailey Review, assessing the impact of measures to tackle the pressures on children to grow up too quickly.

The Video Recordings Act will now be changed so that any of these products that are unsuitable for younger children will have to carry the familiar ‘12’, ‘15’ and ‘18’ BBFC age ratings in future. The changes are expected to come into force in 2014.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: “Government realises that the world has moved on since these exemptions were written into the Video Recordings Act some 30 years ago. The changes we’ve announced will help ensure children are better protected, and that parents are provided with the information necessary for them to make informed choices about what their children view.”

Wireless internet providers are also working with government to make their publicly available WiFi family friendly in places where children regularly visit, and ensure children are protected from harmful content.

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