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Greensboro, NC -- Do the games your kids play or want to play get an "A"?  And does the "A" stand for appropriate or avoid?

It's easy to think all you have to do as a parent is to look at the game ratings. You might think if it says "E" for everyone, it is safe.

But just this year, Little Big Planet 2 was released. It is an "E" rated game. And there is nothing wrong with it. Here's what can make it inappropriate, the game has an online platform. Users can create their own content, make the characters say funny things as well as bad words or sexual jargon. Any time a game is has an online component, you need to know online interactions are not rated.

When it comes to "T" or teen ratings, USA gaming expert Brett Molina says, "usually the teen rated games are the ones you need to watch out for. There seems to be more wiggle room as far as violence involved."

Parent Ali Haynes says she stays busy keeping up with what the new games really show her two boys. She also has a rule, "if mom walked into the room would you be embarrassed by what was on the screen? if you would be, we don't play it."

Ali's oldest son Evan likes to play the shoot 'em up games, but will spend hours playing a game called Minecraft. It allows you to build your own worlds and play with friends.

Game systems are one thing, what about Apps? Apple is making it easier to figure out what apps and games are appropriate for your child, their skill level and age. The new Kids App Store allows you to browse categories for kids under 5 year old, ages 6-8 and 9-11.

You can also search by brand: Disney, Create&Play, Shapes&Colors.

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