Children can copy coarse language that they see in media. This is more likely when the language is used by characters that children recognize themselves in, or that they think are ‘cool’.
No age rating tied to coarse language
Unlike violence or scary images, the presence of coarse language does not lead to a certain age rating. Copying (coarse) language from media is hard to tie to a certain age: young children can do it, but so can teenagers. People also have different opinions about which terms are okay and which are offensive.
The warning for coarse language can therefore appear next to all age rating icons, from All Ages to 18.
Discriminatory or sexual language
Only when there is discriminatory or sexual language can it lead to a higher Kijkwijzer age rating. In the case of sexual language, a product will only receive a higher age rating if there are visible sexual acts as well.
Images: header New Kids Turbo (Benelux Film Distributors), screenshot Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)