I am a teacher and would like to use the music video to "Are You Lost In The World Like Me?" by Moby & The Void Pacific Choir to talk about the negative impact of modern technology in our lives.

I am concerned, however, that the animation might not be appropriate for all my students. It contains shocking imagery throughout, but what concerns me most is that starting at 2:30 there are multiple visual references to suicide.

Are music videos usually reviewed using content rating criteria? How could I determine the age appropriateness of this video?

Additional information: I was looking for an online database of sorts, where I could look up a music video and find out their rating. Besides the accepted answer, I found a couple references that detail the BBFC criteria:




They mention an online search on the website, but I couldn't find any music videos there.


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In the US - Yes and No

The Music Industry itself has a voluntary Code & Ratings.

In 1985, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the National Parent-Teacher Association, and the Parents' Music Resource Center developed the black-and-white warning sticker now used voluntarily throughout the music industry. Still the least closely regulated of the major media industries, the label is voluntarily applied to albums containing coarse language or descriptions that would be inappropriate for children in the opinion of the recording label distributing the album. A small sticker is applied to the outside of physical packaging or on digital storefronts indicating simply “Explicit” or “Parental Advisory: Explicit Content.”

Music Videos though are covered in the US by the FCC for television performances

On the other hand, over the air radio broadcasts of music are among the most heavily regulated, with direct oversight by the FCC. All content must be within a certain range of appropriateness, with vulgar language and overly explicit content drawing fines and other penalties.


In the UK..YES

The new ratings system is a government-led initiative to prevent children’s exposure to inappropriate content. Among those on board include YouTube, Vevo, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), British record label trade body BPI and labels Sony, Universal and Warner Music. The program could be coming to the U.S. next.

All music videos in the U.K. must now be submitted to the BBFC — essentially the British equivalent of the Motion Picture Association of America — before they can be published online. They will then be vetted, assigned age-appropriate ratings before being submitted to YouTube and Vevo.


  • Is there an online database of such ratings? My final goal with this question was to be able to assess whether a certain music video is appropriate or not. Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 0:04
  • Not that I am aware of. Unfortunately this will come down to you making a decision. Why not review it with another teacher and gather other opinions?
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 9:25

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