Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

UK parents are ignoring video game age ratings, survey says

Ever walk in to someone’s house and see their 10-year-old on a kill-crazy rampage in GTA 5 and think ‘well that’s a bit worrying, isn’t it?’ Well their parents probably don’t.

A new survey shows 86% of UK parents pay no mind to video game age ratings. Off the 2,000 parents of children aged between five and 16 surveyed, the vast majority don’t follow the PEGI ratings highlighted on download stores and game boxes.

Interestingly, only 23% of the same parents surveyed by ignore similar age guidance when allowing their offspring to watch movies.

43% of those surveyed notice negative behaviour changes when they’re kids are playing adult-themed games. While a third of parents surveyed (34%) say their kids spend four fours playing the games.

However, it doesn’t seem as if the young’uns playing the 18-rated Call of Duty or Doom games of the world, are the issue. It’s more the pre-teens missing out on Fortnite when all their mates are playing and parents caving into the pressure.

Related: Call of Duty Black Ops 4 latest

“It’s difficult in this day and age to govern what your child is exposed to, because if your 10-year-old has friends who are playing Fortnite, which is rated 12, you want them to be included in the fun,” said founder Richard Conway. “However, it’s always worth looking into the game to see if it’s suitable rather than leaving them to their own devices.

“What’s interesting is that the majority of parents follow film age ratings, but when it comes to video games they maybe aren’t as strict. It’s important to remember how impressionable children are; if they see behaviour or language in a video game or movie, they may mimic it.”

Do you let your kids play violent games or those rated above their age group? Let us know why @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2003, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.

Trusted Reviews Logo

Sign up to our newsletter

Get the best of Trusted Reviews delivered right to your inbox.

This is a test error message with some extra words