The infographic highlights children’s gaming habits, parents’ involvement in children gaming experiences and the potential benefits this interaction can have on children overall experience.
A mobile-first gaming generation
Who are they playing with?
How are children communicating with people they play within the game?
Children are not just communicating via in-game chat functions but off-platform too, with over a quarter of children using WhatsApp and text messaging to communicate with other players.
Dads participate more with their children’s gaming than mums; 30% of dads play computer games with their children most of the time, +9%pts more likely than mums (21%).
Parents have told us that they are most concerned about the amount of time their child is spending gaming, becoming addicted and sharing personal data.
Six in 10 (63%) worry their kids are spending too long playing on their devices (up from 44% in 2019). Over half (52%) are concerned about their kids’ video gaming with strangers (up from 38% in 2019), and 45% fear their child being bullied when playing (up from 40%).
More dads say they game with their kids, and they are also more likely than mums to recognise the concerns of gaming, particularly around notifications received when gaming (+24%pts), spending in games and in-game purchases (both +23%pts).
Gaming safely and responsibly
Encouragingly many parents actively talk to their children about how to game online safely. Two in five (42%) talk to their child about safe gaming and only 37% have set up parental controls.
However only a third of parents have said they have set parental controls on their consoles and games. Of those who haven’t, 58% are unaware of parental controls, they don’t know how to set them up or find it too difficult.
Understanding and usage of PEGI ratings
PEGI ratings is a system used to ensure that entertainment content, such as games, but also films, tv shows or mobile apps, is clearly labelled with a minimum age recommendation based on the content they have.
74% of parents who play with their kids say it helps their child be creative (versus 42% who don’t), and 72% say it helps with their child’s concentration (versus 39%).
Nearly seven out of 10 (69%) say it builds self-confidence and a similar number (67%) believe it helps in social development – this is more than double the amount compared to parents who don’t play video games with their kids.
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