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Last Updated: Wednesday December 07 2005 12:09 GMT

Games rating guide for parents

Video games
Parents confused by what the age ratings on computer and video games mean can now consult a new website. has been designed to help mums and dads decide whether a game is suitable for their children.

Research has shown that some parents think the ratings symbols show how difficult a game is rather than whether the content is adult or child friendly.

The site will have tips on how children can play safely and also show examples of games from each age bracket.

All games get an age rating, in the same way as films do. This is done by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and a European group called Pegi.

This rating is included because some people think violent or disturbing material in games can affect children's behaviour.

The website has been bought in in December to try to reduce the number of unsuitable games ending up in children's Christmas stockings.

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