In a poll conducted by Ukie (The Association of UK Interactive Entertainment) 92 percent of parents with children under 18 said they recognised “the benefits that playing video games can have on their children.”
58 percent believe those benefits are educational, while 52 percent said that games allowed their children to be creative. The report also states that some parents believe that playing videogames increased co-ordination, and encourages strategic thinking and team-work. However, 34 percent of those polled admitted they’d bought a game that was unsuitable for the age of their child.
The result of the poll comes as the BBFC rating for videogames is scrapped in favour of the PEGI (Pan-European Game Information) system, which will make games rated 12, 16 or 18 illegal to sell to anyone under those ages. Having PEGI as the sole rating system will help people “make informed decisions about which video games to choose for their families, by clearly giving the suggested minimum age that you must be to play a game due to the suitability of its content,” reads the press release.