Media Partnership - How can we empower parents to enable a safer video game experience for kids?
With more than 51% of Europe's population, and 76% of children aged 6-14 playing video games across Europe, this activity is central to modern culture. This popularity has been made possible by moving to a digital, online world where games are more easily accessible on almost every device. Players have more choice, more freedom and more fun at their fingertips.
In the month in which we celebrate Safer Internet Day, we believe the video games industry has a valuable case study in the protection of minors and in the use and management of effective, adaptive self-regulatory tools to share with the wider creative and technology sector.
In this virtual event, you will hear how video game companies, including Xbox, Nintendo of Europe and Sony Interactive Entertainment, carry out their commitment to ensure a safe online environment, helping the EU institutions meet their policy goals on child safety online.
The industry strives to empower parents with easy-to-use tools so they can manage the video gameplay experience they feel is appropriate for their own children. PEGI, the self-regulatory system, was set up by the industry in 2003, and is now used in 38 European countries. National information campaigns and education initiatives across Europe in local languages are launched and updated regularly to inform parents, guardians and players about the tools, to provide tips and advice and to present information about the most popular video games.
With popularity comes responsibility and the video games industry takes its responsibility for the protection of minors seriously, working tirelessly to ensure that video gameplay is an enjoyable, safe environment for all.
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ISFE (representing Europe’s video games industry) as part of ISFE’s Games Dialogues series.
EGDF, representing Europe’s video game developers.
Welcome by MEP Adriana Maldonado- López, S&D
June Lowery-Kingston, Head of Unit, Accessibility, Multilingualism and Safer Internet, European Commission
Dave McCarthy, CVP, Xbox Operations
Richard Sheridan, European Age Rating Manager, Nintendo of Europe
Julia Foguel, Senior Director Publishing and Public Policy, Sony Interactive Entertainment
Dirk Bosmans, Director of Operations, Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) system
Samuel Stolton, Digital Editor, EURACTIV
17:00 - 18:00 CET