Feeds

Games good for kids and families, finds Microsoft

It would say that, wouldn't it?

Mobile application security vulnerability report

Despite the web being littered with reports of videogame-inspired murders, the vast majority of UK parents believe games can actually be beneficial for kids and families, it has been claimed.

Despite the survey being conducted on behalf of games console maker Microsoft, the latest Play Smart, Play Safe assessment discovered that 61 per cent of UK parents agreed that games create a great social experience.

The survey questioned over 2500 parents in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the US, but full regional breakdowns haven’t been provided. It also quizzed 1000 kids in the UK, but for some unknown reason ignored young ’uns in other countries.

Over half of UK adults questioned – 52 per cent, to be exact – said that games bring families closer together.

It's not known how many of them own Wiis rather than Xbox 360s.

A whopping 80 per cent also see games as a vital component in a “balanced blend of modern and traditional entertainment”, possibly after Scrabble, Radio 4 and Newsnight.

However, it’s not all sweetness and light, because 42 per cent of parents said they are worried about their children communicating with older users online.

Interestingly, 69 per cent of kids wanted their mums and dads to become more proactive in checking the age ratings of videogames – something that 92 per cent of young gamers claimed to be aware of.

Microsoft’s already well aware of the negative press that games such as Grand Theft Auto can attract. Earlier this year it launched a website designed to bring parents up to date with consoles and game classifications. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple ran off to IBM
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch
It does everything a smartwatch should do ... but Apple owns it
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.