62% Of Children Play Games Where They Interact With Others & Parents Are Concerned: McAfee

McAfee has that found the majority (95 per cent) of parents are worried about the risks their kids are exposed to while playing online video games, such as exposure to inappropriate content or nefarious people.

Highlights from the study:

  • 92 per cent of parents allow their children to play at least one hour of video games every day, with 8 per cent admitting that they allow their children to play more than five hours a day.
  • On average, children play video games for 2.13 hours a day or nearly 15 hours a week.
  • 62 per cent of children play games where they directly interact with other players, drastically increasing their risk of being targeted with inappropriate content or asked to share sensitive information.
  • 89 per cent of parents are aware of the dangers of this, with 71 per cent particularly concerned about them being groomed to share sensitive details or being shown inappropriate content such as violence (71 per cent), sexual images (77 per cent) or drugs (63 per cent).
  • 9 per cent admit to not monitoring at all, and 6 per cent don’t talk to their children about what is and isn’t appropriate behavior.
  • 44 per cent of parents admit to letting their children play games even when they are younger than the game’s age rating, with 13 per cent letting children play games with age ratings more than 5 years over their own age. This means that children as young as 12 could be playing games that have been exclusively rated for mature audiences due to intense portrayals of violence, strong sexual themes including nudity and rape, glamorization of use of drugs and more.

To learn more about the study and tips on how families can protect themselves from the risks of playing games online, check out this blog from McAfee’s Gary Davis:

Survey Methodology
McAfee commissioned OnePoll to conduct a survey of 5,000 parents of children ages 6 to 16 who play online or console games in Australia, Germany, Singapore, the U.S. and the U.K.


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