As many as three quarters of parents in UK are apprehensive about the content being served in video games these days, and seek some independent regulation of their content, a new research study from British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) revealed.
The survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of BBFC, the regulating body which grants age certificates to movies and few video games, revealed that around 80 percent of the people believed that video games could impact the behaviour of children, whereas 77 percent of the people surveyed asserted that the game ratings must show the concerns of UK parents.
Out of the 2,143 adults surveyed, around 74 percent parents wanted independent regulation system for video games, so as to check their content, the survey added. The survey was a timely one, as it was carried out by the government to decide whether to allow the games industry to carry on to regulate privately.
Quoting the findings from the survey, BBFC’s director David Cooke said in a statement, “The UK public wants the protection of children to be paramount when regulating games which, of course, reflects the concerns which led to Tanya Byron being asked to produce her report”.
Back in September 2007, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown asked Dr Tanya Byron to conduct an independent review into child safety in video games and on the internet, and the review suggested a hybrid classification system that included featuring BBFC logos on all the games, and letting PEGI, regulator for gaming industry to rate all 3+ and 7+ games.
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Parents are rightly concerned about the content of video games. But video gaming consoles, the television and the internet should never be used substitutes for parental attention. Children and teenagers have and will always find ways of bypassing any passive forms of control. They did so for online pornography and booze. They will do so when it comes to gaming.