Research: Parents see benefits of gaming

New research conducted by Microsoft has suggested that most parents can see the benefits of their children playing video games.

According to the computer giant's Play Smart, Play Safe survey, 75% of parents in the UK understand the positive aspects of playing video games.

Some 61% of respondents view gaming as a great social experience, while 80% perceive video games as an essential part of home entertainment.

However, online gaming proved a worry for parents, with 42% concerned about the people their children may be interacting with while playing on the internet.

When asked about parental controls, 94% of those surveyed felt that they are responsible for monitoring the age ratings of games played by their children.

However, 47% of kids polled for the research said that their parents are not sufficiently vigilant when checking age ratings and 69% want a more pro-active approach from adults.


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