Selecting films or computer games
When selecting films or computer games for use in schools, teacher and principals must consider whether or not the film or game’s rating is appropriate for the age level of students and that the content meets the requirement for selecting teaching and learning resources articulated in these guidelines.
The following additional actions are required, prior to showing students any film or computer game:
- G and PG rating – No parental consent is required.
- M rating – Parental permission must be obtained for students under 15. Schools may wish to use the for this purpose.
- MA 15 rating – This resource can only be shown to students who are 15 years or older. Schools should only consider showing MA 15 rated resources to students under the age of 15 in exceptional circumstances where it is critical to deliver the educational program and where parent consent has been obtained (see Resources tab for sample consent form). In all cases, students must be supervised by a teacher throughout the viewing/playing.
- X, or R rating – The resource cannot be used.
Note: In all cases the official classification rating must be used in determining whether the resource is suitable: refer to the Australian Government Attorney-General’s classification website for the . Television classifications and warnings must also be heeded, for example, warnings about disturbing images and sexual references.
Reviewed 30 August 2023