A Parent’s Guide to Video Games
The video game industry has vastly grown over the last 20 years, people of all different ages play videos games now. With more people over the age of 18 playing video games than ever before, the industry is now catering games to an older demographic. It is very easy now-a-days for a parent to see a video game that their kid may want and think that it is “safe” just because it’s a “game” but that is no longer that case. This blog post will serve as an easy guide for parents to spot out games that might have content they might not want their children seeing.
On the front cover of all video games on the bottom left hand corner there is rating of the video game for content. Also on the back there will be a brief explanation by The Entertainment Software Rating Board(ESRB) about why that video games has that specific rating. The ESRB’s mission is to “provide concise and objective information about the content in video games and apps so consumers, especially parents, can make informed choices. Below you will see a breakdown of all the different ratings the ESRB gives;
EC-Early Childhood: Content is intended for young children.
E-Everyone: Content is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal carton, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
E10+-Everyone 10+: Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
T-Teen: Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.
M-Mature: Content generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and or strong language.
It is recommended that if you are still looking for information about the ESRB and their video game ratings you refer to: www.esrb.org.
Some of the Kid friendly Titles that Level One Childcare recommends are: Just dance, Any Mario brand games, Madden NFL, NBA 2k, FIFA Soccer, Dance Dance Revolution, Kinect Adventures, Any Lego brand games, and Harry Potter.
A few games we warn against due to inappropriate content are;: Call of Duty brand games, Max Payne, Grand Theft Auto, Need for Speed, Saints Row, Rainbow Six, Medal of Honor, Assassins Creed, Red Dead Redemption, and Fight Night.
As a parent it is solely your discretion on which games your kids can and cannot play. This is solely a recommendation based on the information given by the ESRB.