Youths Buy Violent Games Online

Date: 06-26-2008 Views:
KeyWord: Violent games, Grand Theft Auto, Responsibility
Summary:Children are able to illegally buy violent video games through online auction websites, the UK#DY#s Trading Standards Institute has said.

The website BBC NEWS has released an article about the violent video games selling to children through online auction websites.

The details are as below:

Grand Theft Auto IV is among the games classified as an 18

Children are able to illegally buy violent video games through online auction websites, the UK#DY#s Trading Standards Institute has said.

Almost 90% of retailers tested by the association sold under-18s games, such as Manhunt 2, through such outlets.

Traders supplying games to an under-age person in breach of official classifications can face a fine or up to six months in jail.

The institute said online traders had to ensure they complied with laws.

It added that parents and guardians also had "an important role to play in making sure their children are not playing unsuitable video games".

The report came ahead of the institute#DY#s conference in Bournemouth.


Welsh Heads of Trading Standards (WHOTS) carried out the investigation. Six local authorities enlisted volunteers aged between 12 and 16, who then tried to buy 18-rated video games online, paying for them with postal orders.

Of the 44 purchases attempted, 38 traders went through with the transactions.

The games, which also included Grand Theft Auto IV, Godfather and Hitman, all carry a British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) rating of 18 because they contain violent scenes.

"This survey shows how easily children can gain access to age-restricted, violent video games," said Lee Jones, acting head of trading standards at Bridgend County Borough Council.

Brandon Cook, the institute#DY#s lead officer for age-restricted sales, said that there were several companies who would run age checks on customers for internet traders, which were "very quick and relatively cheap".

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Resource: BBC NEWS

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