Adult video games potentially accessible to children need a common EU-wide preventive strategy: This comes in a report adopted by a vast majority in the European Parliament.
The report says parents should have a “red button” to disable a game they feel is inappropriate for their child. It adds that the aim is not to demonise games, because they can have a broadly beneficial effect on the mental development of children. The report has been in preparation for a long time. It is by coincidence that the vote was taken the day after a massacre in a school in Germany. Police there made public note of violent video games found on the 17-year-old suicide killer’s home computer. To help parents exercise control, the parliament called for more public awareness of the content of games’ contents, giving special attention also to those available online and to supervision at Internet cafes.