Media Consumption

Determining age-appropriate viewing and gaming for primary-aged children can be a challenge for parents. It is important to consider the content, themes, and language of the media, as well as the child's maturity and development level.

For viewing, the Australian Classification Board provides guidelines on appropriate content for different age groups. For primary-aged children, G-rated and PG-rated programs are typically recommended. These programs are generally free of violence, sex, and strong language, and are suitable for most children. It is still important for parents to screen programs and be mindful of their content, as even G and PG-rated programs can sometimes contain themes or images that may not be appropriate for some children.

In regard to gaming, the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) recommends that parents take an active role in choosing age-appropriate games for their children. Games with an age rating of G or PG are generally considered suitable for primary-aged children, while games rated M or MA15+ may contain more mature content, such as violence and strong language.

While media and gaming can be a fun and an educational experience for children, it is important for parents to be aware of the potential dangers. This includes exposure to inappropriate content, online predators, and the potential for addiction. As such, it is important for parents to take an active role in monitoring their child's media consumption, setting limits, and having open and honest conversations about safe and responsible use.

Children viewing inappropriate media content can have negative consequences including a desensitization as well as a distorted perception of reality. Additionally, exposure to inappropriate content at a young age can impact a child’s emotional and social development, leading to difficulties in forming relationship and problem-solving skills. It is important for parents to monitor and regulate their children’s media consumption to ensure their well-being.

By following the guidelines in the links provided and taking an active role in monitoring your child’s media consumption, parents can ensure their child safety and wellbeing while still allowing them to enjoy the benefits of media and gaming.

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you would like to talk further on this.

Donna Longden and Lizzie Mazur
Director of Wellbeing and Student Counsellor