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Parents Ignoring DVD & Videogame Ratings January 6, 2010

Posted by bitchwantstea in Film / TV, News, Tech / Science.
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If you’re a gamer, you’ll be no stranger to the deluge of news stories constantly telling you that your hobby is corrupting the nation’s children, turning them into lazy, angry, future serial killers. But now a survey conducted by MyVoucherCodes.co.uk has discovered what we already suspected – that 39% of parents are ignoring BBFC and PEGI ratings by allowing their children to play 18-rated titles, despite not being suitable for their age group.

Videogame ratings work in a similar manner to ratings on DVDs – each one must have a rating, and will inform the wannabe-purchaser if it contains content such as violence, drugs or sexual connotations. And also unsurprisingly, DVD ratings are getting ignored too – with a whopping 53% of those surveyed admitting they let their kiddies watch 18-rated films.

Of course, every child is different and develops at different speeds. But it’s hard not to feel concerned when you see a parent happily hand over £40 so their eleven year old can play titles like Grand Theft Auto IV or Modern Warfare 2. Ratings are there for your benefit, folks. Use them!



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