As you can see the BBFC’s children’s website has been redesigned and updated. To celebrate this we’ve also launched a competition – we need you to help design our poster and show us what kinds of people (and what ages) can go and see films at the cinema.

We've had a free poster for secondary school students for a long time, but we'd like to have one for primary schools which explains the age ratings. The final poster will be free for all schools and will include the illustrations that best show who can go and see what films in the cinema, how old they might be and whether they might go with family or friends.

You can find out exactly what the five cinema age ratings U, PG, 12A, 15 and 18 mean here by reading a version of our Guidelines (the rules we use when rating films) written especially for younger audience.

We hope you like the new site. We’ve taken all the questions children and parents ask us most and tried to answer them over the site.

The Head of Education at the BBFC, Lucy Brett, works on this website and also our visits to schools and other work with children and teenagers. She said:

“We know they enjoy learning about age ratings and telling us what they think about how films they love have been age rated. The new CBBFC website lets them explore these ideas. It is based on the most common questions we are asked by children and their parents; ‘What can children see at what age?’; ‘How does the 12A certificate work?’ and ‘What it is like to be a BBFC Examiner?’”

You can find out the answers to the most common questions we are asked here, and also read about some of the the latest U, PG and 12A film releases.

The poster competition is open to anyone under the age of 18 and runs until Friday 08 November, with the winners being announced on Monday 09 December. More information is here.

Prizes for the winners include a training session with a BBFC Film Examiner at their school for them and their class and a bag full of BBFC goodies.