Tuesday, November 13, 2007

ESRB, what is that?

There are so many "commercials" out there throwing pornography, drugs, alcohol, sex, smoking....etc., into everything we see. If you look around it is everywhere! Billboards, magazines, books, commercials, ads, newspapers, TV, movies....and GAMES! I am sure I have missed quite a few other areas where they are sneaky and throw more pornography in the mix, and alcohol, drugs, smoking...you name it. Everything we want to keep our kids out of. I know that I can do what I can to protect what comes into my home, or what is viewed in my home ~ to some extent. Even though it is splashed all over in the world, I would like to protect the innocent eyes of my children, my husband, and myself. Most people know that movies have ratings (G, PG-13, PG, R), but did you know that your games have ratings, too? We are big time gamers in this home, and competitive, too! I have looked for these ratings on the boxes before I even look to see what the game is about. I don't even want to be enticed by something I don't want to subject my eyes, or my family's eyes to. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a non-profit company that 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. They have 6 ratings for games based on the content in the games.

You can set parental control features on popular video game consoles. Just visit this site:
http://www.esrb.org/about/parentalcontrols.jsp, to learn how to do that. The ESRB provides other helpful tips for parents, including an online tools to search for game ratings and resources for family-friendly video games and online safety. We, as parents, need to be watchful about our kid's Internet downloads! We need to make sure that our children aren't making unauthorized or illegal modifications to software and hardware that remove protective controls. I am definitely going to educate myself with all this information. Nathaniel is just around the corner from using the computer more steadily. I would like to protect his eyes from the horrific things out there as much as possible. I am so thankful for this great tool we have to use.

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