Parents should check video game ratings for sexual or violent content
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NEW YORK ‚ÄĒ In 2002, more than 221 million computer and video games were sold in the United States, and this holiday season parents are expected to flock to stores to grab up these interactive stocking stuffers.
But do mom and dad really know what they're wrapping in shiny bows and festive paper?
The National Institute on Media and the Family recently released a study showing that 87 percent of youths in grades 4 through 12 play video games, and only about 50 percent of parents understand the rating system that reflects the content of the games.
Experts who monitor the industry say that before parents rush to the mall to pick up that hot new video game for Junior, they should be aware of how much sex and violence the games contain.