How many rainy school holidays are spent as a parent sitting in a cinema watching a 'U' rated film to keep the kids amused? This classification of films by the BBFC gives us the assurance that our children will be watching entertainment suitable for their age group.
'In order to protect children from unsuitable and even harmful content in
films and videos and to give consumers information they might need
about a particular film or video before deciding whether or not to view
it, the BBFC examines and age rates films and videos before they are
It makes sense, doesn't it? We wouldn't take our family to see an 18 rated film and, furthermore, we wouldn't be allowed in. I remember our son being questioned when he was 16 (and with us) as he didn't look old enough to view 'Paul' - rated 15. Rules are rules and there for a reason.
So how come concerts aren't subjected to the same treatment?
I am, of course, referring to the current Miley Cyrus 'Bangerz' tour. Hannah Montana she ain't anymore, and if I was the parent of a pre-pubescent child it would be my job to do my homework and - in my opinion - take the decision to put my foot down with a firm hand and say, 'No! Sorry, I'm not taking you.'
Why would I allow my child to be encouraged to kiss a member of the same sex, make out, take drugs and be taught how to use a microphone for sexual gratification? It's not enough for the organisers to put a 'PARENTAL ADVISORY EXPLICIT CONTENT' warning on the stage. It's too late when you're there - it should be on tickets along with a classification.
And wouldn't this rating on concert tickets put an end to the thousands of conversations I'm sure have taken place up and down the country? Everyone knows that one of the laws of parenting is that if you tell a child they can't do something, they'll want to do it even more. Moral corrupters are driving a wedge between families by exploiting this as a marketing angle to gain more exposure.
CHILD: But Lily's mum's taking her - it's not fair.
But, if the responsibility can be shifted to the music equivalent of the BBFC, the conversation would change to:
CHILD: I want to go to the Miley Cyrus concert.
PARENT: You can't, you're not old enough. It's for over 18's only.
But while we have no ratings to guide us, parents should surely be using their own common sense. In Miley Cyrus' case, they would have had to be living under a rock not to have picked up on the whole 'twerking' controversy before the latest tickets even went on sale.
Would you sit happily munching your popcorn in a cinema and watch this kind of stuff with your little darlings? I doubt it. So don't take them to see it live, purely because it's labelled 'music'.
Thankfully, I don't have to deal with these issues any more. It's with a heavy heart, I wave goodbye to the 18 year old as he heads off to a 'Five Finger Death Punch' concert!