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Respect ESRB Video Game Rating Guidelines!
Issue:What is the ESRB? The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a non-profit, self-regulatory body established in 1994 by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). ESRB independently assigns computer and video game content ratings, enforces industry-adopted advertising guidelines and helps ensure responsible online privacy practices for the interactive entertainment software industry. The problem? Too many parents blindly ignore the ESRB rating in games due to the fact that they are not aware it exists. Too many times, parents will purchase a game not suitable for their child due to having no real information about its content. This leads to children getting their hands on games such as Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil, which are games with a rating strictly for adults (M for mature), and in no way suitable for children. By arming ourselves with knowledge in reference to the ESRB ratings on the boxes of games, we will be able to make better choices in video game entertainment for our youth.
Belief:We wouldn't let our children watch movies rated R or above, so why should we expose them to games with a rating of M (mature) or above? We need to regulate not just what they watch, but what they play as well. Just like we use the movie ratings to determine what content they can watch, we can use the ratings on the video game boxes to determine what they can play.