Small kids think gaming characters are real

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iol scitech april 19 smurfs game INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS Parents should consider carefully whether they want their kids playing non-age-appropriate games. Picture: Gcina Ndwalane

Berlin - Children of preschool or primary school age consider computer game characters to be living beings who can feel pain and suffering, so what adults regard as harmless may be disturbing for children, advises the Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK), the organisation responsible for computer game ratings in Germany.

Children experience difficult content like violence in a different way to adults, and may not be able to understand it appropriately.

Parents should consider carefully whether they want their kids playing non-age-appropriate games.

In such cases the parent should talk to the child about their impressions of the game and respond if the child is frightened or overwrought. - Sapa-dpa

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