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Tips for Parents
PEGI provides advice regarding the age suitability of a game. However, every child is different. Ultimately parents should decide what their children are capable of viewing or experiencing:
  • Always look for the age classification on the game package or in the digital store
  • Check our consumer information by using the search above. Ideally, play the game yourself or...
  • Play video games with your children, it's the best way to learn about them. Watch over your kids when they play and talk with them about the games they play. Explain why certain games may not be suitable.
  • Agree on the amount of time that can be spent playing games per week.
  • Encourage your children to take regular breaks.
  • Be aware that games can enable the purchase of additional downloadable content.
  • Online games are played in virtual communities allowing players to interact with unknown fellow players. Tell your children not to give out personal details and report inappropriate behaviour.
  • Set limits (age, time, spending, online access) by using parental control tools.


The majority of games in this category do not contain anything that requires rating or warrants a content warning. Games given this rating are considered suitable for all age groups.
Some violence in a comical context or child-friendly setting is acceptable, as is nudity when shown in a completely natural and non-sexual manner such as breast feeding.


Any game that would normally be rated at 3 but contains some possibly frightening scenes or sounds may be considered suitable in this category.
A little more violence is permissible at PEGI 7. It is always unrealistic and often directed towards fantasy characters, though very mild non-realistic violence to humans may also feature. Implied violence (for example the bombing of a city where violence is not seen directly) is also dealt with at this level.


At a PEGI 12 level more detailed and realistic looking violence towards fantasy characters is allowed. Any violence towards human characters must look unrealistic unless it consists of only minor or trivial injury such as a slap.
Sexual posturing of the type often seen in music videos is also allowed at this level as is sexual innuendo.
Some bad language is allowed but it can be no more than mild swearing.
At PEGI 12, games may provide some instruction on casino-style gambling, for example they can feature an explanation of the rules for Blackjack or Poker. This descriptor also appears on PEGI 16 and PEGI 18 games.
A game at this level may feature horror content such as strong threat and dread or graphic injury details.

Parental Guidance

In addition to the numerical PEGI ratings, you will also see the ‘Parental Guidance Recommended’ rating for some non-game apps, introduced by PEGI for storefronts that use IARC (https://www.globalratings.com/). This serves as a warning that these apps can offer a broad variety of user generated or curated content. Typically, this applies to products such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.


At the 16 level you can expect to see more mature and realistic violence against human characters. The game may deal heavily with death and injury to humans. 
Sexual activity can be shown but it must not include visible genitals. Depictions of erotic nudity may feature.
The worst forms of bad language can be heard and will often include sexual expletives.
Prominent use of tobacco and alcohol may be featured, as well as the use of illegal drugs. The game could glamorise crime.


The adult classification is applied when the level of violence is both realistic or severe in nature, often being graphic with blood and gore.
The game may include detailed descriptions of criminal techniques, or it may in some way glamorise the use of illegal drugs. Encouragement of tobacco or alcohol may also be included.
Sexual activity with visible genital organs may be shown. If a game is released physically in the UK and is likely to attain an R18 rating, the game will be referred to the BBFC for classification.

Online Safety
Online gaming is a fun and exciting way to relax so it is no surprise that over half of 8-15 year olds are playing. The variety means that there is something for everyone to enjoy but there can also be risks. Luckily there are things you can do to help keep children safe and make gaming fun.
Understanding the risks
Not everyone that children play with in games will be nice. Some users are verbally abusive towards others or will try to steal and destroy the player’s virtual possessions. Not all players are children either and some adults will use games to try and groom young people. There are things you can do to help protect children.

Finding age appropriate games
Age ratings are an essential tool to help assess whether a game is suitable for children. It’s important to remember though that age ratings are based on the content of the game and not whether you can access the internet and talk to other people. Children can talk to others through the game itself, console networks such as Xbox Live, external chat sites such as Skype, or gaming forums. It is a good idea to check out the game first before letting younger children play. The VSC Rating Board is the national regulator for video games providing PEGI ratings and ACI (Additional Consumer Information) for each game. Use the ‘search’ facility on our website to find the ACI for a game or rated app. If you want to hear what parents' think of a game, take a look at askaboutgames.com for reviews.
It is important to have regular conversations with children about staying safe online, and gaming is no different. Let children know to tell a trusted adult if they see or hear anything in games that they find upsetting. Help them to understand that the people they meet in games may not be who they claim to be and explain why they should not give out personal information or photos. If they choose to play games with people that they don’t know, remind them not to take the conversation off the game, such as onto a social network or into a private chat.
As you are aware, many games and apps carry a PEGI age suitability rating to show how appropriate a game or app is for a particular age group. However, if you’ve come across either a game or app where you think there is a content issue that seems out of line with the rating, then do get in touch with us by reporting the item directly to helpdesk@pegi.info. We will need to know the name of the game or app and its rating, what the problem is exactly and where you bought the game or app from. This way we can instigate immediate action to resolve the problem. We will, of course, keep you informed of any action taken.