You are the censor
Giving the students some hands-on experience of what the BBFC does is a good way of getting pupils talking about this issue, as well as highlighting how subjective some of these judgements are.
You will need
Internet access, DVD player, DVDs, BBFC guidelines
How to do this activity
Put the students into groups and show them a selection of clips from a range of different genres. Ask them what age they think they are suitable for. Some interesting choices might be violence in cartoons/family blockbusters, also shocking images in documentary and the news.
Good starting point films
- The footage depicting the aftermath of the American invasion of Iraq in Fahrenheit 911
- The 'torture' in The Incredibles
- The Sandman could spark interesting discussions about classification in secondary schools.
And to finish
Repeat the exercise, giving the students copies of the BBFC Guidelines for each certificate - ask them to use the BBFC guidelines to judge what certificate the film 'should' receive. You can then reveal how close they are to the original certificate.