Did you know that three classification categories have something in common? The PG, M and MA 15+ classifications all refer to 15 years of age in terms of their suitability.

6 May 2016

So how are they different?

PG content is not recommended for viewing by anyone under 15 without guidance from a parent or guardian. Some younger children may also find PG films and computer games confusing or upsetting, so it’s good for them to have a trusted adult around to explain what is going on.

Content classified M is not recommended for anyone under 15 years of age. Although not legally restricted, it’s definitely higher level content than PG, so these computer games and films are generally better for older kids.

See the red stop sign? The “15+” and “restricted” are important. MA 15+ content is legally restricted to persons 15 years and over unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. These films and games are unsuitable for people under 15. A parent or guardian may choose to take under 15’s along to see an MA 15+ film, but it could contain material such as strong sex scenes or drug use, and social issues that require a mature perspective.

Under 15’s playing MA 15+ games or viewing MA 15+ films must be accompanied the whole time. Cinemas cannot allow anyone under 15 into the theatre without a parent or guardian – if you decide to let them see an MA 15+ film you need you to be with them, not out shopping! The same goes for home entertainment - content doesn’t change when computer games and films are viewed at home, and kids aged under 15 still need you to be there for them around such strong material.

Classifications are your resource to make informed decisions about what you and your children see and play.

Before buying that game or selecting a movie, check the classification of a title on the National Classification Database at www.classification.gov.au.