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Forget parents, EU tells industry to protect children


The European Union's executive body is giving the industry two years to come up with an industry code of conduct to protect children from violent images. Reuters reports the EU executive has the power to propose legislation and impose restrictions on violent games, but is giving the industry a couple years to self regulate before it threatens to step in.

EU Consumer Protection Commissioner Meglena Kuneva wins the quote-of-the-day award for saying, "When children go out to play today they enter the world of joysticks. We are not quite sure where they go and there is real anxiety from parents." Here's an idea: Talk to your children and ask ... or better yet, try some of the games yourself! For the EU commission to get off the industry's back it would like to see the Pan European Games Information (PEGI) symbols become familiar to the public. The clock is ticking, Europe.

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