Game Rating Information
Its aim is to ensure that minors are not exposed to games that are unsuitable for their particular age group. It does this by providing parents with a single age classification system for all games in most European states. PEGI is supported by the major
Age ratings ensure that entertainment content, such as films, videos, DVDs, and computer and video games, is clearly labelled for the minimum age group for which it is suitable. Age ratings provide guidance to consumers to help them decide whether or not to buy a particular product.
Previously, in the UK, age ratings for computer and video games came under two complementary systems: the voluntary European PEGI system, which stands for Pan-European Games Information, and the mandatory BBFC system, which stands for British Board of Film Classification.
Now, PEGI is the sole system used for new games. PEGI is used and recognised throughout Europe and is supported by the European Commission. Many thousands of games have been PEGI-rated since the scheme was devised and introduced in early 2003.
Further information about this can be found on askaboutgames.com, a new site designed to answer the questions parents and players have about video game age ratings and provide advice on how to play games responsibly.
- the PEGI Online Safety Code and Framework Contract which is signed by all participants
- the PEGI Online Logo which will be displayed by holders of a licence
- a dedicated website for applicants and for the general public
- an independent administration, advice and dispute settlement process.
Game content suitable for children aged 3 or over
Game content suitable for children aged 7 or over
Game content suitable for children aged 12 or over
Game content suitable for teenagers aged 16 or over
Game content suitable for adults aged 18 or over
Are there parental control settings on the Xbox and Xbox 360 video game systems?
With games, movies, live TV, sports, music and more all available on the console, Xbox 360 is the perfect entertainment centre in the living room for the entire family. If you have children, there are some simple ways for you as a parent to control what games and entertainment your kids experience, with Microsoft offering a robust set of ‘Family Settings’ on the Xbox 360.
Here are some tips to get started:
Start with a conversation.
Safer gaming for the family starts with a healthy dialogue. Before turning on your Xbox sit down with your child and have a conversation. Do this as a family and discuss that some games and entertainment are out of reach depending on the age of your child.
Set up a Family Timer.
You can regulate the type of games played by your child and the amount of time they spend playing on the console. The Xbox 360 Family Timer enables parents to decide the amount of time the Xbox can be used by individual members of their family. For instance, if you want your child to spend a maximum of an hour a day you can set the console so after the chosen time your child will no longer be able to use it. Access the Guide Here
Xbox LIVE Family Settings.
Xbox 360 allows you as a parent to control your child’s access to online interactions. These include tools to allow you to control the content accessed e.g. the kind of downloadable goodies that your kids can gain access to, as well as the type of entertainment they can watch from LOVEFiLM, Channel 4, Channel 5, YouTube and more now available on Xbox LIVE. Access the Guide Here
Through the controls provided under Family Settings menu, you can configure the Xbox 360 video game system to play games that are rated at or below the selected level. For example, if the selected level is 16+, then games rated 3+, 7+ 12+ and 16+ under PEGI will play in the system. Games rated as PEGI 18+ will require entry of a pass code to play. If you choose any level other than ALL, you must select a pass code.
Microsoft also offers information for parents at wholefamilysafety.com, where the entire family can learn about age-specific advice needed to set up your technology safely.