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Call For Parents and Carers: Join VSC Rating Board's Parents' Panel

The VSC Rating Board are the organisation responsible for rating PEGI games in the UK, and assigning PEGI 12, 16 and 18 ratings for Europe. They are setting up a new Parent's Panel to gain further input from parents and carers on video game ratings

"While the age ratings we issue have an important role to play in protecting children, we also know there are wider issues around gaming that increasingly concern parents and carers. For example, the ability to interact and communicate with other users online, the ability to spend money in games, and how to set sensible limits on playtime."

The Panel will meet four times a year to give us feedback about our work. Panel members will also help us to understand how the resources and information we provide can be improved and promoted to ensure parents and carers have access to everything they need.

"We expect that each Panel meeting will last for around 90 minutes, although we might also email Panel members to ask your views on a particular topic in between the formal meetings. Appointments to the Panel will be for three years." 

So, if you’re the parent or carer of one or more children who play video games, and if you’re willing to commit some time to help out other parents and carers like you, please consider applying to join the Panel. It’s a great opportunity to have your say and to have input into protecting children and assisting families to keep gaming safe and sensible.

Applicants must be over 18 and live in the UK. You will also need to have some understanding of video games, video game ratings and the issues that are of concern to parents and carers. 

You can apply, please click here to access a short application form, which you should complete and return to us at vsc@videostandards.org.uk. Applications must be received by 31 March 2021. Applicants who are shortlisted will be invited to an online meeting with VSC staff.

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Andrew Robertson
Andy Robertson is the editor of AskAboutGames and has written for national press and broadcast about video games and families for over 15 years. He has just published the Taming Gaming book with its Family Video Game Database.