Are you a parent wondering about the content of the video and internet games your child is playing? Did you know there's a rating system?
We asked the Federal Trade Commission to help spell it out for us.
We know: Video and Internet Game Rating Systems
How do I know which video games are appropriate for my child?
Look for age-based ratings on the front of video game packages and in ads. Here are the ratings and what they stand for:
Is there any other information that can help me?
The Entertainment Software Rating Board assigns content descriptions to video games. You can find them on the back of the package. Here are some samples:
How can I know about the content of online video games my child plays on the internet?
The Entertainment Software Rating Board Interactive (ESRBI) provides age-based ratings for interactive web sites. These ratings appear on a site's homepage if the entire site is rated; on the first page of the rated section if that is the only section that is rated; or where a game is accessed if that is the only part of a site that is rated. The ESRBI ratings are:
What else can I learn about the content of online video games?
The ESRBI provides content descriptors for online games and interactive sites that signal violence, nudity, sexual themes, strong language and the use of alcohol, drugs or tobacco. Some descriptions you might see are: