Age Ratings

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Just like films have an age certificate, most video games also come with a rating which indicates which age they're deemed to be suitable for. With many best-selling games featuring extreme violence, explicit content or horror themes, check out our short video on age ratings to make sure you're in the know.

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What are age ratings?

Age ratings can be used by adults to make informed choices as to whether or not a game is suitable for a child or young person.

The PEGI (Pan European Game Information) system rates games and, instead of indicating the level of ability required to physically play a game, it indicates the suitability of content for that age group. 3, 7, 12, 16 and 18 are the labels that can be awarded to games and content descriptors such as violence, bad language and fear are used to further clarify why the label was assigned.

For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.