Under-age games or videos - notice to parents
I am writing to parents/carers as we have concerns that children may be playing video games that are inappropriate for their age.
I want the children to be focussed on their learning, and not be preoccupied with the thoughts and behaviours about games they should not be accessing.
Many of them are talking very openly about playing these games.
We are also seeing them try to replicate these games during playtimes. This is leading to inappropriate behaviour, physical confrontations and is distracting them from their learning. They are appearing tired in class and are struggling to concentrate.
Playing or even watching games that are certified for older children, and in most cases adults, is very damaging to children. They are certified for a reason: young children are not capable of understanding the content of these games, and in many cases the messages they send children are very disturbing and often criminal.
Doing so under the guidance of an adult is still inappropriate. Please make other family members aware e.g. older brothers and grandparents.
An 8 year old accessing an 18 certificate game is effectively engaging with something that they need 10 more years of development to access safely and to properly understand.
Fortnite has a PEGI rating of 12, PEGI have said this is due to the: ‘frequent scenes of mild violence. It is not suitable for persons under 12 years of age’.
You may not feel it is my job to interfere. However, it is my duty of care to ensure that children are safeguarded against accessing these violent and disturbing games. Therefore, if we find the children talking openly about these games, or imitating them at playtime, I am duty bound to discuss this with you. If am not satisfied as to the outcome of this conversation I will consider referring the situation to Devon Children and Young People’s Services (social services).
Please take every step to ensure your children are not accessing these games.