Understanding Age Ratings and How to Support Safe Online Gaming

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Understanding Age Ratings and How to Support Safe Online Gaming

This webinar will provide teachers and practitioners with an understanding of the different age-rating systems for games around the world and provide practical guidance and advice on how to encourage safer gameplay online.

Gaming plays a huge role in the lives of children and young people. However, not all content is suitable for all ages and whilst many games are given an official age-rating, others are not as tightly controlled and could include age-inappropriate content, including depictions of violence, sexual activity, alcohol or illegal drugs.

In this webinar, Hilary Visser, specialist in media law and content regulation, explores the rationale behind different age-ratings for games, why some games may not be given an official rating and what steps staff can take to keep children from being exposed to inappropriate content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the different rating systems around the world and how rules and regulations differ from country to country

  • Appreciating why games are rated, the processes behind age ratings for games and the standards that countries around the world must adhere to

  • Understanding the rationale behind the ratings of games and why each element is considered inappropriate for certain ages

  • Gaining practical ideas on how to engage parents in the topic of age ratings to support positive gaming at home

  • Highlighting the difficulty of limiting access to age-restricted games in a digital world where content can be easily shared across platforms

Hilary Visser

About The Expert

Hilary Visser

Attorney, PhD candidate and online child safety consultant advocating protection of children online.
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