Choosing movies and games

Four tips to help you choose a movie or video game for kids

Movies and video games can be fun and entertaining. Only you can decide what is best for your child. We have put together some practical tips to help you make informed decisions about your family’s entertainment choices.

    1. Check the age recommendation for the movie or video game. If it is higher than your child’s actual age, it may not be suitable.

      2. Check the content – what does the advisory information state about the movie or game’s content? Does it contain strong language, violence or sexual references? Will you be comfortable exposing your child to this type of material?

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          3. Look up the Classification Board decision about the movie or game you are thinking of watching or playing. Access the public database here.

            4. Read reviews to see what other parents, experts and users are saying about a particular movie or video game. 

              Reviews often contain summaries of storylines and game content including warnings about inappropriate material. We have collected some advisory and review websites that you may find useful. For example, the Raising Children and Common Sense Media websites have practical information for parents about a range of age appropriate multi-media products for children.


              Australian Classification logo

              Australian Classification Board

              An Australian statutory body which makes classification decisions for films, computer games and certain publications. Categories include G, PG, M, MA 15+, R 18+, X 18+ (films only) or RC Refused Classification. Provides a public database with information on all classification decisions.

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              Australian Council on Children and the Media logo 

              Australian Council on Children and the Media

              A non-profit body committed to promoting a media environment that fosters the health, safety and wellbeing of Australian children. Provides movie and app reviews as well as parent guides and resources about media matters involving children.

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               Interactive Games & Entertainment Association logo

              Interactive Games & Entertainment Association

              An independent industry association representing the computer and video game industries in Australia and New Zealand. Offers information about the best selling games as well as parent resources and tips on managing children’s online play.

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               Kidspot logo


              Australian parenting website featuring resources and advice about child development issues from pregnancy through to raising teens. Features articles, blogs and parent guides about a range of issues including cybersafety, TV, apps and social media.

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               Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia logo

              Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia

              A non-profit organisation that collects film exhibition information relating to box-office, admissions and admission prices, theatres, release details and classifications.

               Raising Children logo

              Raising Children

              An Australian parenting website that offers practical and expert child health and parenting information, tips and tools for children aged 0-15 years. Topic areas cover child development, behaviour, health, nutrition, communication, sleep and safety. The play and learning section offers movie reviews and tips about children’s TV viewing.

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              New Zealand

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              Classification Office (NZ) logo 

              Office of Film & Literature Classification

              Government agency responsible for the classification of films, videos, publications and video games in New Zealand. Offers information for parents.

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               Film and Video Labelling Body logo

              Film and Video Labelling Body

              Responsible for rating and labelling all films supplied to the New Zealand public.

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              Kiwi Families

              New Zealand website that provides practical parenting advice about raising children, covering all ages and stages. Includes reviews of family films, apps, children’s books, game consoles and games.

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              United Kingdom

                Apps FilmsGamesInfo
              Ask About Games logo 

              Ask About Games

              A UK service developed by PEGI to provide tips for parents and players about age ratings on video games and other safety advice.

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               British Board of Film Classification ratings (UK) logo

              British Board of Film Classification

              An independent, non-government body that classifies cinema films, videos and DVDs. BBFC ratings include U, PG, 12A, 12, 15, 18 and R-18.

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               Games Rating Authority logo

              Games Rating Authority

              The games rating arm of the Video Standards Council that licences the release of video games rated PEGI 12, 16 and 18 in the UK. Provides detailed information about the content of games and offers an online database.

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               Pan European Game Information logo

              Pan European Game Information

              A European video game content and age rating system that assists European parents to make informed decisions on buying computer games.

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               Parent Port logo

              Parent Port

              Established by the UK’s media regulators, Parent Port sets and enforces standards across the media to protect children from inappropriate material. Provides tips and safety advice about online safety, mobile safety, social networking, films, advertising and video games.


              United States

                Apps FilmsGamesInfo


              A US website that provides tips, articles and advice for parents on a wide range of topics. The About Parenting pages cover parenting issues including family technology, social media, apps, mobile apps, online safety, websites, software and video games. Also offers kids movie and TV reviews.

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               Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) logo

              Classification and Rating Administration (CARA)

              A division of the Motion Picture Association of America that administers the MPAA film rating system for films exhibited and distributed in the United States.

               Common Sense logo

              Common Sense Media

              A US non-profit organisation dedicated to helping families make smart media choices. Offers age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books and music. Provides information to parents to help navigate raising children in a digital age and a K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum.

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               Entertainment Software Rating Board logo

              Entertainment Software Rating Board

              Non-profit, self-regulatory body that assigns age content ratings for video games and mobile apps so parents can make informed choices. Enforces advertising guidelines for the video game industry and helps ensure responsible web and mobile privacy practices. Provides parents resources.

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               Fandango logo


              A corporation that sells movie tickets online and via telephone. Its website provides movie news and reviews as well as screen time information.

               Internet Movie Database (IMDb) logo

              Internet Movie Database (IMDb)

              User reviews and ratings for movies, videos and TV programs. Offers a Parents Guide that helps parents learn about a movie and make informed viewing choices based on scene descriptions covering five categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking and Frightening/Intense Scenes. The Parents Guide is usually located in the ‘Storyline’ section of a selected movie/video/TV show.

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               Kids in Mind logo

              Kids in Mind

              US website that provides parents with information and reviews about a film’s content to help with decisions about children’s viewing choices.

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               Motion Picture Association of America logo

              Motion Picture Association of America

              An organisation that represents the major Hollywood motion picture studios. Administers a rating system used in the United States to rate the suitability of films' themes and content for various kinds of audiences. MPAA ratings include G, PG, PG-13, R and NC-17.

               Parent's Choice logo

              Parents' Choice

              A US non-profit guide about quality children’s media and toys. Provides Parents’ Choice Awards for the best material and products for children in the categories of TV, video games, websites, mobile apps, DVDs, software, toys and books. Includes articles about media management tips for parents and online safety.

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               Rotten Tomatoes logo

              Rotten Tomatoes

              A website devoted to movie and TV show reviews and news. Provides professional critic reviews and audience ratings for programs, as well as ticket information and show times.


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