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Parents Don’t See Games as a Negative Influence Anymore According to Survey

A really common trope that was seen among parental opinions involved people thinking that their kids playing games had a pretty negative impact on them with all things having been considered and taken into account. This came from a mistaken opinion that games made kids violent or served as distractions, however, it is important to note that modern parents seem to have a completely different perspective surrounding their kids playing games than parents of previous generations did.

A survey by Frontier has revealed that most parents actually like games for kids because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing them to keep their kids distracted. Previously the activity of choice that parents went for if they wanted to keep their kids occupied was putting them in front of a TV, but it turns out that parents like games better due to the reason that they can actually have a beneficial impact on their children in the long run.

Overall, around 62.9% of parents thought that video games were positive for their kids. This number is especially high for parents whose kids are between the ages of 5 and 9. The number gets lower as kids get older, with parents of kids between 10-13 thinking games were positive 64.1% of the time and the number dipping to 54% for kids between 14-17. A big reason for why parents think that games are not as positive for kids that are getting older is because of the fact that social media tends to become a great deal more relevant for kids once they get to this age.

When asked about what content type had the most impact on their children, parents once again chose video games with 63.1% choosing this response. Social media came in second with 52.8% but a lot of this is driven by its impact on older teens. Gaming was seen as impactful for kids across the age spectrum, with 59%, 63.1% and 62.4% for ages 5-9, 10-13 and 14-17 respectively.

Social media on the other hand was not quite as impactful for younger kids, probably due to the age barrier that prevents younger children from being able to fully make use of social media due to the inherent dangers that are associated with this type of thing. The numbers were 39.6%, 58.2% and 70.8% for each respective age group, which means that older teens are most definitely more influenced by social media.

Kids aged from 5-9 seem to be a lot more impacted by television, movies and games though, and even books seem to have a marginally higher impact than social media. The percentage of parents that thought that these types of content had an effect on younger kids were 46.8%, 48% and 40.5% respectively for TV, movies and books, all of which are higher than the 39.6% that social media got.

Another thing to note is that the amount of time that parents let their kids play games has gone up during the pandemic. Before the pandemic, parents let their kids play videogames for approximately 2.2 hours on average. This number went up to around 3.1 hours per day on average, something that shows just how much the pandemic has impacted the manner in which we engage with various digital spaces.

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