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  1. What is the Entertainment Software Rating Board?
  2. What the Ratings Do
  3. What to Look For
  4. How Are the Products Rated?
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* Key: The ESRB Ratings are as follows:
- Early Childhood
- Kids to Adults
- Everyone
- Teen
- Rating Pending
- Mature
- Adults Only
What is the Entertainment Software Rating Board?

The ESRB is an independent board that has, with the support of the industry, developed a standardized rating system for interactive entertainment software products.
What the Ratings Do

The ESRB ratings are designed to give consumers information about the content of an interactive video or computer entertainment title and for which ages it's appropriate. They are not meant to tell you what to buy or rent or to serve as the only basis for choosing a product. In addition to the ratings, consumers should always consult product packaging for additional information about the product and should apply their own tastes and standards in making final purchase or rental decisions.
What to Look For

Ratings: Consumers should look on the front of the package for the ESRB rating symbol, which gives information on ages for which the product is appropriate.

Content Descriptors: In addition to the rating, consumers should check for important content information (also called "descriptors") in the black-and-white box on the back of the package. These content descriptors give more details about the product about the product in terms of violence, sexual themes, language, and other areas that may be of interest to some consumers. If there is no content descriptor on the back of the package, the Rating Board believes that the product does not include content that must be highlighted.
How Are the Products Rated?

Each product is rated by three independent, trained raters. The raters represent a wide range of backgrounds, races, and ages and have no ties to the interactive entertainment industry. Raters include retired school principals, parents, professionals, and other individuals from all walks of life.

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