Dear Parents and Carers,
Following recent Safeguarding updates on the subject of e-safety, I have decided to write to you about ‘Gaming’ this week. There is no doubt that most children enjoy playing computer games, and there are lots of educational and fun games available to buy and to play online. My concern is the growing number of children with access to games that are not appropriate for their age range. In particular, I am concerned about primary school aged children having access to 18+ games such as Grand Theft Auto.
The Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) age rating system was established in 2003 to help parents make informed decisions when buying video games. The PEGI ratings give an indication of the type of content found in a game and its suitability. As well as PEGI age ratings, game packaging also carries PEGI descriptors that help explain the kind of content that might be found in a particular game. Descriptors appear as a set of icons that cover such themes as fear, bad language, violence and drugs. Some of the more ‘popular’ games contain material much worse than the title suggests. For example, on recent child protection training, I was shown images taken from a well-known driving game. I was shocked by some of the content which I can only describe as explicit material that is entirely unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18.
I urge you to double check what your child has access to and the PEGI ratings and descriptors. Please see below for more information on how to keep our children safe in an increasingly electronic world.
Supporting Young People Online – this leaflet is also available to download in 13 languages including, Arabic, French, Punjabi, Turkish and Welsh.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs A Whistler
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