This discussion topic is in partnership with ParentPort, a website run by the UK's media regulators. They set and enforce standards across the media to protect children from inappropriate material. If you've seen or heard something you felt was unsuitable for children — maybe a programme on TV or online, a film, an advert, a video game or something in a magazine — feel free to start a thread here to discuss it with other parents, and you can also make a complaint to the regulators via ParentPort.

NOW CLOSED: UK MNers - please take a short survey for ParentPort - you could win £150 of JL vouchers

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 16-Jan-12 12:07:49

The UK's media regulators set and enforce standards across the media to protect children from inappropriate material. This could be a programme on TV or online, a film, an advert, a video game or something in a magazine. They've created a new website called ParentPort. It tells you about the work they do and helps you make a complaint quickly and easily.

The ParentPort regulators are also running a survey which they would very much like UK MNers to complete - it is designed to explore your views on some specific questions about children and the media. The survey is open to all parents in the UK with at least one child or who have responsibility for children on a regular basis (eg childminder, grandparent). They are offering a prize draw, in which one winner will win £150 of John Lewis vouchers.

If you'd like to take part, please follow the link to the survey on the homepage of the ParentPort website.

The survey will be open from from 12 noon on Monday 16 January, closing at 12 noon on Monday 23 January. The survey should only take a few minutes to fill in, and you'll have the option to enter your name and email address if you want to enter the prize draw for the vouchers.

In addition, as you may have noticed, we've been asked by the ParentPort regulators to set up this new Talk Topic so that MNers can share their views and voice their concerns when it comes to children and the media. If some of the survey questions get you thinking, feel free to post your thoughts and/or start a discussion here.

Please note: The survey and prize draw are being run by Ofcom, one of the ParentPort regulators. You must be aged over 16 to enter. Please click here for full terms and conditions.

Many thanks,

Tee2072 Mon 16-Jan-12 12:12:42

Didn't we already do this?

mumatron Mon 16-Jan-12 12:45:14

I think I remember doing this already. or is it another one?

MollyintheMoon Mon 16-Jan-12 12:50:02

Done. Everyone else has done it so don't bother more chance for me to win grin

It's a different survey from last one

DeeCrepitude Mon 16-Jan-12 13:00:10

Fantastic website which I will be making use of.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 16-Jan-12 13:39:18

yes - this is a different survey to the one we ran for them before....thanks!

Memoo Mon 16-Jan-12 13:41:34

All done smile

Jux Mon 16-Jan-12 13:44:18

I haven't already done this.

TBF, dd is pretty good and is quite easy to 'police' vis a vis media exposure, so at the moment I don't have much need for this. I can imagine that as the hormones rage exver more furiously this will change, and I will be up the proverbial creek without a paddle.

Bicnod Mon 16-Jan-12 14:12:33

Done smile

Done-though found I wanted to be able to put more justification clarification -on the questions about wether my child has watched a film above their age rating for example,ie Harry Potter not the entire SAW collection, but technically I suppose above age rated is just that, regardless of what film may be.

Hulababy Mon 16-Jan-12 14:59:46


DharmaCeutical Mon 16-Jan-12 15:15:51

It is potentially a really good site. I've just noticed that they've changed something on it that I mentioned wasn't working in the last survey

<dizzy with power and influence>

mummy2maisie Mon 16-Jan-12 16:47:40

Done smile

GreatGooglyMoogly Mon 16-Jan-12 17:20:47

Do we put our MN Nickname at the end of the survey, or RL name?

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 16-Jan-12 17:34:02

GreatGoogly - you can put either, it's up to you

I'm trying but it's glitching madly. Will try later.

Hurrah, it finally went. smile

HoneyandHaycorns Mon 16-Jan-12 20:30:32

Done smile

MaeMobley Mon 16-Jan-12 21:35:43

Done too. Good idea.

PigeonStreet Mon 16-Jan-12 21:36:19


Done, it seemed to have several "final" pages, I'm sure I pressed at least 3 "done" buttonsgrin


NannyPlumIsMyMum Mon 16-Jan-12 23:22:26

Done- great idea.

I've done it, but realised after I sent it that they were looking for unsuitable electric stuff not false eyelashes for a 10 YO.

Solo Tue 17-Jan-12 10:21:46

Bit weird! I added one comment, clicked submit (as I didn't want to reset) and it thanked do you do the whole thing or several parts without having to re enter all your details?! hmm

boredandrestless Tue 17-Jan-12 11:06:02


The hardest thing I've found in terms of what DS is watching/playing is that as me and his dad don't live together, sometimes there are issues over what he watches when he is there. Not much parentport can do about this but it must be an issue for lots of parents who share care of their children but are separated. Perhaps advice on how to discuss this, information and resources, etc would be a useful feature on the website?

SoupDragon Tue 17-Jan-12 11:11:22


WRT my children having "watched a film above their age rating ", I would have liked the opportunity to have clarified it - I allow them to watch what I deem suitable having looked at the age and the content. I don't allow them to watch things I am not comfortable with.

boredandrestless Tue 17-Jan-12 11:22:05

Same here soupdragon, as another poster said there is rather a difference between say Harry Potter, and the SAW movies.

If I am unsure I will assess the content of it myself before DS sets eyes on it to check it's suitable.

SoupDragon Tue 17-Jan-12 11:33:23

Exactly. Ive let both DSs read books where the content was aimed at older readers - but only after reading them myself.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 17-Jan-12 11:36:44

solo - not sure what you mean but here is the link to the actual survey - is that what you were trying to do?

Do feel free to start a discussion in this area if you'd like to discuss with other MNers issues to to with films etc.

Thanks to everyone who has completed the survey so far...

Solo Tue 17-Jan-12 11:48:37

Aha! no, that wasn't what I found! thank you Ann, I'll do it now grin

boredandrestless Tue 17-Jan-12 11:54:25

I wish my parents had thought to read books ahead of giving them to me, a lot of thought is put into what films and other forms of media children are allowed to access but not so much with books. I was an advanced reader as a child and went through books at a very fast rate - some of the books I read were very unsuitable and have stayed with me even as an adult and I can recall my horror/disgust/confusion at some of the things I read as a child.

MrsMicawber Tue 17-Jan-12 13:20:15

a bit hmm that NM are doing the same survey

ronshar Tue 17-Jan-12 13:52:54


NewYearEverything Tue 17-Jan-12 14:45:10

Bit odd the way it starts off with iplayer in the question (I don't have a TV, so this is where all DS's viewing is), and then it isn't mentioned again.

NewYearEverything Tue 17-Jan-12 14:45:54

Why hmm MrsM? I thought it was amusing that they will be able to compare the responses from the two sites (data geek)

Jux Tue 17-Jan-12 15:26:07

Our parents put 'unsuitable' books on higher shelves! By the time you'd looked through the books below 4 foot you'd almost always have found one you wanted to read and didn't bother going to get a chair so you could get to the higher shelves! Until we got to a certain age of course ..........

Must admit, I tend to do the same. Someone gave dd Twilight but as dd was out at the time, I took it away and read it, after which I hid it! I think it was nearly a year later and she was about to buy it with an Amazon voucher, so I dug it out. Ruined it for her, by telling her about abusive relationships etc whenever she mentioned Edward.

I'm so mean. She won't give it the time of day now. grin

Otherwise, you can generally judge the content of a book by the blurb on the back, reviews and sometimes even the cover illustration gives it away.

McPhee Tue 17-Jan-12 20:44:43


MrsWembley Wed 18-Jan-12 09:42:27

Done but, like others, found the age appropriate watching question needed more detail/somewhere to clarify stuff. My 2.7 yr sometimes watches stuff that a '12' but only coz she's too young yet to understand the bits deemed '12'. Give it another few months and I'll probably be hiding those DVDs.wink


MrsHankey Wed 18-Jan-12 11:10:31


doughnutty Thu 19-Jan-12 00:23:10

Done. Hours ago. Forgot to mention it here as it didn't automatically bring you back.

Hullygully Fri 20-Jan-12 14:33:49

They need an "It depends" category


edam Fri 20-Jan-12 16:45:56


Geordieminx Fri 20-Jan-12 17:02:39

(((((wonders if the prize is different if you ticked NethunsIceland or primark maybe grin )))))))

BeanutPutter Fri 20-Jan-12 21:05:11


Have done the survey, although I think it will become more applicable to us in the future as DC are both under 7 and still very much supervised.

I wondered whether this is an appropriate vehicle for complainaing about broader issues such as Page 3 girls and placement of adult magazines?

(And also a 'FFS' to whoever the poster is who hmm about NM and MN doing a bloody survey!)

jetstar Sat 21-Jan-12 17:43:24


krisskross Sun 22-Jan-12 17:10:33


MonaLotte Mon 23-Jan-12 08:36:37


Done smile

babloogirl Mon 23-Jan-12 09:03:11


thaliablogs Mon 23-Jan-12 11:23:53

it's a bit of a leading survey, but done.

scottishmummy Mon 23-Jan-12 11:34:18

lol see all the gurning at being associated with netmums
get over it ladies
its an online forum nothing to get defensive dont need to declare allegiance anytime someone says netmums

Narges Mon 23-Jan-12 16:09:03


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