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Last Updated: Thursday March 27 2008 11:20 GMT

Gaming age limits set to come in

Gaming

Kids are set to have to have their gaming restricted in the same way as their film-watching.

A report has called for new ratings for games aimed at children aged 12 plus - and a government spokesman says the recommendations WILL be put in place.

Films are rated by age limits, with under-age kids banned from watching certain movies.

There isn't a strict rating system for games, but - following this report - it looks like that's going to change.

Schools secretary Ed Balls told the BBC that the government was going to do what the report suggested.

The person behind the report - Dr Tanya Byron - has also called for a UK organisation to look after children's internet safety.

Concern

Postings on social networking and video sites were of particular concern.

Research has shown that many young people are spending more than 20 hours a week online.