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 General Certificate - Guidelines

A film classified as ‘General’ should be suitable for children of a school going age. However, as not every child will respond in the same way to particular themes, scenes and images, it is strongly recommended that parents/guardians - who know their own children best - consult the consumer advice available on this website before deciding what is appropriate.

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THEME/CONTENT
While a General certificate does not necessarily signify a ‘children’s picture’, such films will not include themes or content that will upset younger children.


VIOLENCE/THREAT
Children can cope with and enjoy some frightening content in the films they view (e.g., fairytale villains). A General certificate film may include such content but these sequences will be mild and unsustained, there will be an absence of blood or injury detail and any outcome will be reassuring.


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SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY
If present, such content will be very mild (e.g., kissing, dating, references to ‘making love’). In certain circumstances, non-sexual nudity may be acceptable.


LANGUAGE
General certificate films may include infrequent use of mild bad language and slang.


DRUGS
There will be no drug use or drug references unless clearly set within an educational context.