– Our responsibility as a parent starts from the purchase of a console and includes the games our children play on them.
While many popular video games include violence and sexual theme plots and elements, they are also present on the internet, television, film and literature, “parents have the tools to prevent their children from accessing content that would give Freddy Krueger the chills.
The three main players in the video game business, which sold $19,700 million dollars in 2009 and only in the U.S. of A. – offer Xbox, Wii and PlayStation 3 consoles where you can activate a ‘parental control’, which blocks children and adolescent access to games, videos and web pages that are not suitable for them.
It is very easy to access this option through the setup icon that appears when you turn the console on. To censor content type a password and then follow the instructions available in this setup process.
In addition to preventing bloody, sexual content and profanity on the video games, these filters also allow parents to review and approve who can play with their children online.
Video games do not cause violence
According to a study recently published by the US Psychological Society, video games are not dangerous for most young people.
However, research notes, in cases that show constant neurosis, anger, depression and little concern for others, it is better not to expose these individuals to violent content. Although there is no causal link between games and behavior, they can influence the definitions children create in their minds.
Parents and teachers must participate actively during these activities, to provide necessary guidance into what is real and what is not.
The packaging tells you what you need to know
There are international standards for video game marketing and help provide information and warning regarding who can purchase them and regarding the contents.
In 1994, Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) a non-profit, self-regulatory body was established. The ESRB assigns computer and video game content ratings, enforces industry-adopted advertising guidelines and helps ensure responsible online privacy practices for the interactive entertainment software industry.
For more information regarding ESRB ratings and their interpretation, use the following FAQ.