One key recommendation is lowering the statutory age at which games have to go before the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to 12.
At the moment video games only get a mandatory review by classifiers if they have "human sexual activity" or "gross violence"
Each year the industry submits about 250 games for review by the BBFC.
The introduction of a statutory requirement to classify games for children aged 12 plus will see the workload of the BBFC increase dramatically.
Dr Byron said her review had led her to conclude that parents' general lack of confidence and awareness was "leaving children vulnerable to risks within their digital worlds". The review also recommends that the ratings system be extended so that familiar BBFC logos seen on DVDs appear on all games sold in stores.
"I want parents to be empowered," said Dr Byron, "I want clear logos on all games so parents can make an informed choice."
Video game ratings overhaul recommendation
"Kids are the digital natives, she said, "parents are the digital immigrants." While BBFC logos will adorn the front of game boxes, the "equivalent" ratings from Pegi will appear on the back of boxes. Pegi is a voluntary ratings system set up by the games industry.
"The European Pegi system works for the industry," said Dr Byron, "but the BBFC works for parents and children."
A consultation period will be held about the proposed changes to the recommendation system to which the games industry will be invited to contribute.
Before now the games industry has favoured a single system and has expressed a preference for Pegi.
The wide-ranging review also calls for more support for retailers so staff feel confident refusing to sell a game to anyone who is too young to play it.
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