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  What is the point of age certificates on films?
Updated 05 May 2004, 08.26
Cinema goers watching a film
Laura thinks that film certificates don't work as she says some people look older than they really are.

In her report she says that it should be left up to your parents to decide what films you are able to see.

"Every film is given an age certificate.

It's the job of the British Board of Film Classification. But is it really necessary?

Looked older

For example, if an 11-year-old looked 12 they would get in to a 12.

But if a 12-year-old looked 11 they wouldn't be let in.

I don't think this is fair because you can't help how old you look and the people at the cinema have no way of knowing your age.

Plus, if your parents didn't mind you seeing a 12-rated film if you were under 12 then you should be allowed to see it.

Recommended certificates

Your parents are the ones that should decide not a bunch of people that have never met you.

I think it would be better not to have age certificates but have recommended certificates.

That way your parents decide what films you can and can't see."

Laura, 11, London


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