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The Valuelizer on Family 411 – WHCS ABC8

Most parents take a look at the rating on movies before they let their kids watch, but some new research shows a lot of moms and dad don’t have a clear understanding of what their kids see in video games.As a result, kids see a lot of material that their parents think is inappropriate.Video games and media players will be under a lot of Christmas trees this year, and some parents will choose games and apps based on ratings set by the manufacturer or publisher.There’s no industry standard on what’s appropriate for kids.

The website Valuelizer, reviews content for parents and asked moms to watch video games their kids were already playing.

The moms were shocked by what they saw.

“This is terrible. I can’t believe this. I’m going to get emotional now. I just feel awful.”

“We absolutely know they’re not aware,” replied Digital Expert Dan Olschwang.

Dan Olschwang is the father of two boys and the founder of Valuelizer. He looked at what parents think is appropriate content for kids to consume at what age VS. what content publishers deem appropriate.

Dan’s research found a gap of up to eight years. That means your ten-year-old could be playing a game or seeing content online that’s more appropriate for an 18-year-old.

“In most cases it’s worse for sexual, fantasy, and violent content.”

American children consume 15 to 20 hours of media a week. That’s TV, internet use, video games. That adds up to a lot of messages that kids aren’t equipped to process including messages about violence, anti-social behavior, even body image.

“The concern is that those are risk related or very unhealthy situations.”

Olschwang says parents need to road test media for themselves.

” And don’t rely on the publisher description or the app store, the box, whatever it is. Try the game yourself. Go a couple of minutes in to test it.”

He’s found a lot of parents who do end up using the off button.

Parents can read reviews from experts on the website Common Sense Media, and Valuelizer has reviews from other parents.

Watch the 2min segment here- The Valuelizer on Family 411

 
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