If you’re watching a YouTube video in the UK, you’ll notice there’s something a little different now. YouTube has started adding age ratings to its videos in the United Kingdom. The ratings are made by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and are designed specifically to help protect kids from graphic content on the web.
Not all the videos on YouTube are rated. Right now the pilot program is just being implemented on videos by Sony, Warner Music and Universal, and not that many of them. The classification has only been applied to 84 videos so far, but more are expected to get ratings in the future. CNN reported that the rating will only be displayed on a video that the organization feels should only be watched by someone age 12 or older. Videos are given a rating of 12, 15, or 18.
Video ratings can be great to help parent’s decide what videos their children should be able to watch. In the case of many YouTube videos however, the parents are there to screen what their children are watching and when. It will be interesting to see if the new designation has any impact on what videos are viewed on the service.