Children at risk but nobody cares
Youth Wellbeing Project sees the impact of media roll out in kids lives every day, yet media outlets are showing they simply don’t care. Last week, we released the following Press Release, highlighting what changes are about to happen if we don’t speak up. Keen to have movies such as Fifty Shades of Grey aired at 8.30pm? Your choice parents – it’s now in your hands and the closing date to express an opinion is Friday 3rd April.
Children at risk from proposed new TV ratings
Youth advocacy group encourages parents to challenge ratings review
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.