Topeka - Kansas Attorney General Steve Six issued a reminder for parents and others before they start their holiday shopping - be sure to check the ratings on computer or video games you might be buying as gifts.
More than half of those games are sold during the holiday shopping season. Six says the ratings are in place to help ensure you're giving age- and content- appropriate games to young people.
“As a parent of four young children, I know how important it is to be informed about the content in video games and to make sure games purchased as gifts are age appropriate for your child,” Six said in a statement. “The ESRB computer and video game rating system is the best guide parents can use to determine if a game’s content is right for their children.”
ESRB ratings have two parts: rating symbols suggest age appropriateness for the game, and content descriptors indicate elements in a game that may have triggered a particular rating and may be of concern.
“As a parent, I know how important and challenging it is to manage the media that our children consume. Luckily, video games are actually among the simplest to control," said Patricia Vance, president of the ESRB. "The ESRB ratings are easy to understand, and provide valuable guidance about the age appropriateness and content of video games so parents can decide which games are suitable for their children. I strongly encourage parents to check both the ratings and content descriptors on every game box, so they can be sure that the games they purchase as gifts this holiday season are appropriate for their children."