Parents need a "red button" to quickly disable online games that are inappropriate for their children, according to a press release just issued by the European Parliament's Internal Market Committee.
Parents should have a "red button" to disable a game they feel is inappropriate for their child, says the EP Internal Market Committee... Until PEGI on-line is up and running, the report proposes fitting consoles, computers or other game devices with a "red button" to give parents the chance to disable a game or control access at certain times.
Hey, why wait for development of a red button? Wouldn't the old-school on-off switch work just as well?
On the up side, the EP acknowledges that games can have recreational, educational and even medical value, but the organization wants to equip parents with more tools to pick the games best suited for their children. The EP is also solidly behind the Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) rating system:
Different approaches to strengthening control of video games should be explored, argues the committee, but it does not propose specific EU legislation. MEPs believe Member States should ensure their national rating systems do not lead to market fragmentation. Harmonisation of labelling rules would be of help. Member States should also agree on a common system based solely on PEGI.
While the EP specifically states that it does not want to "demonize" video games, it does have concerns about:
- online games
- game violence
- Internet cafes
UPDATE: Reuters has more...