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Coventry Telegraph - - FAMILY HEALTH -

THE fourth se­ries of Love Is­land started last week, with record­break­ing view­ing fig­ures.

The ITV2 show is a big hit with younger fans, but its sometimes ex­plicit con­tent might leave some par­ents wor­ried about what their chil­dren are watch­ing.

Here’s ev­ery­thing you need to know...

IS THERE AN AGE RAT­ING FOR LOVE IS­LAND VIEWERS?

UN­LIKE in other coun­tries, UK TV shows are not given an age rat­ing – they come later, when a se­ries has made its way to a box set, and is no longer air­ing on TV.

This means any­one, of any age, could watch the show. How­ever, ITV2 shows an ad­vi­sory warn­ing at the be­gin­ning of each episode, as well as on its catch-up ser­vice.

It states that Love Is­land con­tains ‘strong lan­guage and adult con­tent’.

SHOULD I TAKE NO­TICE OF THE WA­TER­SHED?

YES, Love Is­land starts af­ter the 9pm wa­ter­shed, be­fore which ma­te­rial un­suit­able for chil­dren should not, in gen­eral, be shown. Re­stric­tions last un­til 5.30am.

Broad­cast­ing watch­dog, Of­com de­scribes it as a way of “pro­tect­ing chil­dren from harm­ful ma­te­rial on TV and ra­dio”.

The cut-off time doesn’t mean broad­cast­ers can show what­ever they want, just be­cause it’s past 9pm.

Of­com says: “The tran­si­tion to more adult ma­te­rial must not be un­duly abrupt and the strong­est ma­te­rial should ap­pear later in the evening.”

This should give par­ents an in­di­ca­tion on whether the show is suit­able view­ing for their chil­dren.

It could be that you’re com­fort­able let­ting younger kids watch the first half but not the sec­ond.

WHAT IS DE­FINED AS ‘UN­SUIT­ABLE MA­TE­RIAL’?

OF­COM says: “Un­suit­able ma­te­rial can in­clude ev­ery­thing from sex­ual con­tent to vi­o­lence, graphic or dis­tress­ing im­agery and swear­ing.

“For ex­am­ple, the most of­fen­sive lan­guage must not be broad­cast be­fore the wa­ter­shed on TV or, on ra­dio, when chil­dren are par­tic­u­larly likely to be lis­ten­ing.

“Fre­quent use of of­fen­sive lan­guage must be avoided be­fore the wa­ter­shed, and must al­ways be jus­ti­fied by its con­text.”

Love Is­lan­ders Hay­ley and Eyal

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