With the new and existing generation of video games consoles predicted to top Christmas wish-lists, Australia’s peak body for interactive games says it’s a timely reminder for parents to familiarise themselves with the parental control settings and national classification scheme to ensure children play video games in a safe and enjoyable way.
Ron Curry, CEO of Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA), says it’s the first time consumers will have access to a new generation of innovative consoles and ways to play games in more than half a decade.
“The latest consoles, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo 2DS/3DS and PlayStation Vita, all contain terrific tools to help parents maintain control over what games their children can and can’t play.
“These control settings enable parents to regulate the amount of time their children play and restrict access to the internet.
“Parents can also use the tools to block games based on its classification rating, which means your eight year old can’t accidentally play games meant for the 18 year old,” said Curry.
Australians were introduced to a new classification scheme for video games on January 1st this year which better mirrors the well-known ratings used for home entertainment DVDs and films. Under the new classification scheme, there is now an R18+ category for adult-rated video games which means it’s even easier for parents to determine whether a video game is appropriate for children.
Stephanie Brantz, Australian sports presenter and mother of three enthusiastic gamers, believes that the best way for parents to keep on top of their children’s video gaming use is a mixture of using the control settings, checking the ratings and getting up close and personal with video games.
“As a competitive person at heart, our family has had some action-packed on-screen battles racing cars and playing football. Initially, I stood on the sidelines while my children played but now it has become another way for the family to spend some quality time together doing something the children enjoy.”
“At the end of the day, I believe it’s up to parents to decide which games are right for their children by using the classification ratings in conjunction with the parental control features and of course using their best judgement as Mums and Dads,” said Brantz.
Listed below are tutorials for parents to set up the Parental Control settings.
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