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Our new website for students and teachers

Posted on 22 July 2015 by Henry


Why do we have a website specifically for students?

Providing quality, relevant and updated content for students has long been a focus of ours. Students and young people generally are some of our most important stakeholders - they're big consumers of entertainment media and are directly affected by our classification decisions in a way that adults aren't. We try to do as much as we can to help young people understand the system, and also to encourage them to comply with classifications when choosing content for themselves and people younger than them. Our original website for students helped us achieve these aims, and we got plenty of positive feedback from students and teachers. But after five years it was time for an update.

What's different about the new site?

Our new site has been built with a responsive design - students told us they wanted to access our website from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, and now they can. On the new site students can easily get the information they need in the classroom and on the go.

The look and layout of the site is also completely different. We've replaced the old sections with new What, How and Why sections, allowing media students to get answers to their questions in a clear and accessible way. Students can quickly find out what we classify, how we classify and also why we classify. The information in the Why section is brand new - it looks into the history and purpose of different aspects of our unique classification law, and explains why classifications (including age-restrictions) are important and useful for New Zealanders.

Our Resources section has been updated as well, with refreshed case studies, a page featuring the complete findings for our latest Censor for a Day event, a classification quiz, and a redesigned censorship history timeline.

Let us know what you think

Whether you're a student, teacher, or you're just interested in classification (or web design) we'd love to hear your feedback on the new site. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter, or contact us by phone on 0508 236 767, or by email at

Henry works in the Information Unit at the NZ Office of Film and Literature Classification. His views do not represent those of the Chief Censor or of the Classification Office. The Information Unit provides information to other staff, to the public, and to industry members - they are not involved in assigning classifications. Keep up with our blog posts by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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