The questionnaire was developed by a group of renowned experts in the field of media and youth. They made use of this research into the harmful influence of audio-visual productions on children and young people. A great deal of consideration has also been devoted to the wishes of parents and educators. All in all, the questionnaire has proven to be a reliable yardstick in practice.
How is a classification made?
On the basis of a number of questions, the coder assesses the television programme or film in terms of violence, fear, sex, discrimination, drug and/or alcohol abuse and coarse language. An age recommendation is associated with each of these subjects. The subject with the highest age score determines the final age recommendation that Kijkwijzer gives a production.
If several categories score equally highly, these will also be included in the Kijkwijzer recommendation, with a maximum of three. The sequence of the pictograms is as follows: violence, fear, sex, coarse language, discrimination, drugs.
If you are interested in the complete classification result of a production, you can find these in the Kijkwijzer database (go to the red search engine on the homepage).
Here you can see two examples of how a classification is made:
If several subjects have the highest score, these are also shown in the Kijkwijzer recommendation, up to a maximum of three.
In this case, the age limit is 12, due to violence and frightening content. The Kijkwijzer recommendation is: Not recommended for children under 12 because of violent and frightening images in this production.