Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Choose SafeVideo Games

As a parent, your child’s safety is the most important consideration that you make. This is very true when it comes to choosing a video games or online games that your child is playing or being exposed to. Especially nowadays,children love to play video games or online games for hours at a time, you need to be certain about the content of what they are being exposed to. This article is going to show you how to ensure that they are safe when playing online games.

The first step that you need to take is to check out the nature of the game itself. This should give you a good idea of whether it is safe for your child or not. If the video game has adult content, then it will be listed on the back of the game.

If you are buying the game online, then this information should be readily available in the product description. You just need to spend a couple of minutes and you will find it.

There are also likely to be review and comments on the video game. A quick browse through some of the comments should give you an indication of whether this is suitable for children or not.

There is also a rating board called the ESRB. This board is responsible for giving information on the nature of all video games. You will see a black letter on the games telling you a couple of things. The first thing is the appropriate age that children need to be in order to play the game (i.e. who it was designed for).

The next thing is the description of the content. This is listed on the back of the video game. This will tell you the nature of the content and why the game has been listed in the classification that it shows.

If you see the rating AO, then this means the video game is not safe for children. It is only for adults. You need to stay away from these games. Also, a listing with an M means that the content is mature and suitable only for people over 17 years of age.

These are the two standards to be aware of first. You will know immediately not to buy the game for your child.

There are a number of other ratings that are given also. Here they are:

EC - early childhood - suitable for ages 3 and older
E - everyone - suitable for everyone over 6 years old
E 10+ - games suitable for 10+ years
T - games for teenagers over 13 years
M - mature people over 17 years
AO - adults only - over 18 years old

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