Are PG films suitable for children under age 8?

Are PG films suitable for under 8 years old?



During this festive time there are many children’s movies playing on television that at first site may seem appropriate for children to be left alone to watch whilst you attend to cooking the festive meal. It is imperative to note what rating the movie has been given. Generally “U” rating is acceptable for children under the age of 8 to be left alone to watch, however “PG” movies are not.

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“PG stands for Parental Guidance. This means a film is suitable for general viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older. Parents should consider whether the content may upset younger, or more sensitive, children.

Are all PG films made for younger audiences?

No. Some films are given a PG certificate but have not been made with a young audience in mind. A recent example of a film mostly enjoyed by grown ups but passed PG would be Saving Mr. Banks. However, the certificate means that any issues in the work are appropriate for the majority of this age group and nothing should upset a child of eight or over.

What sort of themes are passed at PG?

A PG film will not contain any theme which is inappropriate for a child. PG works can explore challenging issues such as bullying, bereavement or racism.

Will there be bad language in a PG film?

There may be mild bad language (such as ‘shit’ or ‘son of a bitch’) in a PG film, but the context and delivery are always important. For example, if the language is used aggressively or if there is a great deal of bad language, a work may be passed at a higher category. ”

Our children’s minds are so precious and innocent, please be careful with what goes into their minds unknowingly through media and television.