Justification for proposed changes to free-to-air 'ludicrous'
Are you aware that ratings on free-to-air TV are about to be changed unless you express an opinion by Friday 3rd April? Youth Wellbeing Project is encouraging the community to act now and consider what the proposed changes may mean for families, particularly those with younger children. The psychological, emotional and behavioural impacts of adult themes imposed upon children are significant, yet the proposed changes could mean that mature-age content will be made available for kids to view at 7.30pm.
Children at risk from proposed new TV ratings
Youth advocacy group encourages parents to challenge ratings review
PRESS RELEASE: BRISBANE, 17 March 2015 – Children stand to be adversely affected by proposed changes to TV ratings under the commercial free-to-air television code of practice, says Australian youth advocacy organisation, Youth Wellbeing Project.
Ms Liz Walker – a sexologist and Director of Youth Wellbeing Project – says the current review of television ratings by the Commercial Industry Code of Practice, which covers free-to-air television, should be of great concern to parents who do not want young children to be at increased risk of exposure to adult material on television.
“The key changes proposed are that M-rated films could be aired from 7.30pm, instead of 8.30pm. Further to this, MA15+ rated movies – which would include films such as Fifty Shades of Grey – could be brought forward to the viewing time of 8.30pm,” says Ms Walker.