Are DVD Certificates Getting Too Harsh

As a big film lover there is nothing more enjoyable to me than to relax after a hard day at the computer and sit down to watch a film on DVD. I absolutely love films and it would be safe to say that there are not many of the more well known films that I haven’t seen.

I was asked an interesting question the other day though, and that was  ‘Are DVD certificates getting too harsh’. To be honest, it is not really something that I have paid much attention to because if I am getting a film for myself and my husband, as we are both over 18 I don’t really even look at the certification but if I am getting DVD for my young son, it is a completely different matter and I abide by the certification to the letter.

"Rated PG"

The highest certification that I am prepared to go for my son is a PG which as you probably know is ‘Parent Guidance’ but up until not long ago it would have definitely been a U, which means that it is a film which is suitable for all. Just to show you how seriously the matter of certification is to me, when I first got a PG DVD for my young son, who is under 10 years old, I actually watched the film before he did, just to be safe rather than sorry.

Anyway, back to the original question, I really do not think that DVD certificates are being to harsh and to be brutally honest, I don’t think they are being harsh enough. I hear young people talking about which films they have watched the previous evening and which playstation games they have been playing and they are often rated as an 18. Many of these children that I hear talking cannot be any older than 13 so something is definitely not right.

I think DVD certificates should be much more stringent and also, more precautions should be taken to make sure that some of these DVD’s don’t fall into the wrong hands. You may think that I am being a little extreme in my views but you only have to look at some of these horrific crimes that are committed by some young people and their actions can often be traced back to a violent film that they have seen which seems to have triggered something off within them.

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