The Broadcasting Standards Authority has made changes to classification labels and time-bands to make it easier for parents and guardians to decide what's appropriate viewing and when.
You can find out all about this change, the new classifications and advisory symbols on BSA's safe viewing website.
Old ratings (G, PGR, AO) will be replaced by new classifications (G, PG, M, 16, 18) across the Freeview TV Guides and programme data in June 2021. New advisory symbols will also be added at the same time.
You can check the classifications for shows and movies on the Freeview TV Guide online or on your TV to see if they're suitable for your kiddos.
Parental Controls (sometimes called Child Locks or Parental Locks) can be another easy way to safeguard your little ones from inappropriate content.
Parental Control is a feature on most TVs, set-top boxes and PVRs approved by Freeview. It lets you block programmes of certain ratings so they're not shown on your TV unless the correct passcode is entered.
A word on
NEW 2021 TVs
The Freeview TV Guide and programme data will be updated in June 2021 to use new classifications and advisory symbols.
Before this update, the '16' and '18' settings will not work on new TVs released in 2021, please use 'M' instead to block content rated AO on those TVs. Older TVs are not affected. Please see here for more information.