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What about video game ratings?

In July of this year, and with a few very limited exceptions, PEGI became the single video games age ratings system, under which it is now illegal for a retailer to sell a game with a PEGI age rating of 12, 16 or 18 to someone below that age. 

Date 17/12/2012

There is a wide and varied selection of games suitable for all the family, but there remains some confusion amongst parents as to which games are suitable for the family and how these can be identified.

A recent Ukie survey found:

· Only 2 in 5 parents say they only buy games that are the correct age rating. 43% of parents admit to checking the age ratings of games but not always sticking to them.

· Of the parents who said they never check age ratings, 24% said they didn’t think there was anything they could put in a game which would be unsuitable

· 50% of parents would let their child play a game that was bought for them by a friend or relative, but had an unsuitable age rating. 23% said they would trust their friend/relative’s judgement if they had bought a game for their child

· Just one in five parents will play a game themselves, before deciding whether its suitable for their child

Dr Jo Twist, CEO of Ukie, says: “ PEGI ratings on all UK games give clear and simple guidance on the suitability of games for different age audiences and if parents need further guidance on what these ratings mean they can visit www.askaboutgames.com. We’d urge parents to use this really helpful tool to ensure that playing games has the biggest positive impact on their children and family as a whole this Christmas.”

You can get all the information you need about PEGI ratings and the benefits of gaming at www.askaboutgames.com

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