Parents in the UK are more positive about their children gaming now than they were pre-lockdown

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The pandemic has seen more people play games while stuck indoors, with parents taking on a more positive attitude towards their children gaming.

A third of parents questioned said that they now better appreciate the skills that gaming requires, while a fifth now had a more positive attitude to gaming than when they did pre-lockdown, according to new UK research.

A survey of 1,221 UK adults conducted by gaming retailer and publisher Green Man Gaming in April 2021 found that 80% of parents said that their children played more during lockdown, with 45% saying that their kids used it to stay in touch with friends. 

Ian McGregor, chief marketing officer at Green Man Gaming, said: “Seeing their kids gaming and getting a better understanding of what it takes to be a good gamer has been something of an eye opener for parents during the pandemic.

“Seeing their kids gaming and getting a better understanding of what it takes to be a good gamer has been something of an eye opener for parents during the pandemic.”

Ian McGregor, Green Man Gaming

“Good digital literacy is a massively important in many careers nowadays, and gaming is a great way for kids to improve their digital skills. Analytical, tactical and strategic skills are all essential in gaming, as are forward planning and teamwork. Parents have seen during lockdown that gaming isn’t a mindless pastime, it’s something that requires real brainpower – making it a real asset as part of kids’ wider education.

“It makes absolute sense to take elements of gaming and use it in lessons. As well as providing a format that kids will be familiar and engaged with, the possibilities that gaming software offers to make content more compelling are endless. Using gaming in education is a no-brainer and a natural way to improve kids’ engagement and interest in their education.”

Elements of gaming have been used in education, particularly around coding in the curriculum, and in more specialist courses like games design or now even esports.

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