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Healthy Game Play Resources For Parents

Kids can use games as a means to stay in touch with friends during these uncertain times.

A message from ESRB President Patricia Vance:

As many of us find ourselves under orders to “stay-at-home” to help stem the coronavirus pandemic, playing video games can be a great way for families to have fun together and for kids to stay connected to their friends. Here are some simple steps that parents can take to make sure their children have a safe and age-appropriate experience.

Choose the Right Games for Your Family

Knowing which games are appropriate for your children is easier than you may think. If your child has asked to play or purchase a specific game, a good first step is to check the rating displayed on the product detail page. Parents can also conduct a search for the ESRB-assigned age and content ratings on or our rating search app for iOS and Android by entering the game’s title. With our three-part rating system, you can quickly understand if a game is appropriate for your family. You can also review a game’s Rating Summary, which provides even more detail.

Read more: What Parents Need to Know About Managing their Kids’ Video Games During the Pandemic





ESA continues to monitor and curate news about and from the video game industry that demonstrate the power of play to learn, grow and connect while practicing social distancing.






In addition to amplifying the #PlayApartTogether initiative to spread key messages from the World Health Organization, ESA members and the video game industry are responding to COVID-19 in the following ways:

Activision Blizzard 




Electronic Arts (EA)

Legends of Learning



Riot Games

Sony Interactive Entertainment/PlayStation

Square Enix

Take-Two Interactive



Wizards of the Coast

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