Children can be exposed to occasional violence in war films and fairy tales but should not be allowed to see programs containing erotic scenes, the Russian government’s media watchdog proposed Tuesday.
Details of regulations for implementing a federal law to protect children from “harmful influences” in television, films, cartoons and books were released by Roskomnadzor, Russia’s media and communications body.
It acknowledges that portrayals of the Great Patriotic War, as World War II is known in Russia, cannot avoid the inclusion of bloody scenes. Equally, cruelty is a feature of many traditional children’s fairy stories.
But the experts warn in a 1,300-page document that children should be protected from repeated exposure to violence. This is likely to make broadcasters reluctant to show a popular Soviet-era cartoon “Nu Pogodi” and the American “Tom and Jerry” series because of violent scenes running through the stories.