Children tend to watch a lot of TV without the supervision of their parents, which exposes them to all sorts of content , to combat this The Film and Publication Board (FPB) has introduced 37 classifiers who will help ensure children in South African are protected from inappropriate content.
According to the board, Children can be disturbed by what they view and may even suffer from trauma. To ensure that children are protected, the classifiers will be providing consumers with a “preview” of the type of content contained in films, games or certain publications. They will undergo rigorous training on laws that apply to content regulation, especially the rights espoused by the Constitution of the country, the precepts within the Films and Publications Amendment Act and the regulations that enforce them.
The members were selected from applications made by members of the public from a wide range of demographic and skills categories. “They range from psychologists and lawyers to language experts, educators, social workers, film-makers and content creators. The selection was geared at creating a pool of classifiers who reflect a range of demographics in our multicultural society”, said Lynette Kamineth, who manages communications and public education at the board.
Film and Publication Board Chief Operations officer, Abongile Mashele said: “Our classifiers can assign ratings and consumer advisories but, at the end of the day, it is incumbent on the distributor to ensure that the classification decision is visible to the public. It is also incumbent on the consumer to adhere to the advice given in the classification rating. Keeping vulnerable citizens, and especially our children, safe is a joint responsibility in society,”.
It will be their primary duty to ensure that ratings assigned to films, games and publications protect the sanctity of South Africa’s diverse cultures and balance freedom of expression with the right to human dignity.