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Parents don’t have a clue about their kids’ increasing video game addictions.
That's the conclusion based on new research which has revealed that mums and dads are failing to understand their children’s console habits.
Two thirds (65%) admit they know less about gaming than their kids do, and half (50%) admit to not knowing the age rating of the video games in their household.
Something made all too evident recently when a mum went on national TV to seemingly complain that Fortnite was responsible for her 10-year-old son's bad behaviour.
That's despite the fact that the game is legally a 12+ and her son shouldn't have been playing Fortnite in the first place.
The survey, conducted by Vodafone UK, also found that 42% of parents say their kids “ignore them” while gaming, and a quarter of parents have caught their kids downloading games without permission.
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The research also revealed almost a third of parents (31%) believe their kids will go into a bad mood if they lose at their favourite title.
More than half (51%) get annoyed if a bad internet connection interrupts their gaming and 46% of parents wish their kids spent less time playing video games.
47% worry how long their children spend gaming and 28% say their kids will have a tantrum if they are stopped from playing on their PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch.
Vodaphone have got a few celebrities involved in pushing for greater parent knowledge of video gaming.
Strictly Come Dancing presenter and mum-of-two Tess Daly, 48, said: “It’s important to understand the dangers online, you want to keep an eye on how long they are online.
“You want to give them breaks, get them outside, kick a ball, walk the dogs – so it’s all about moderation and balance.”
Well-known and respected YouTuber Ali A, 24, known for his gaming videos and 11 million followers has also helped some of them learn about titles like free-to-play shooter Fortnite.
Bridget Jones star Sally Phillips, 47, who has three sons, said: “My kids love gaming but I was basically frightened of it.
“My middle son kept asking to play together as a reward so when Vodafone gave me the opportunity to learn to game from the best gamers around I leapt at the chance.”
Ali A added: “The guys were great, and showed real promise – or at least they promised to pass on tips to their kids.”
If you are a parent and would like more advice on responsible gaming, download Vodafone’s Digital Parenting magazine here: www.vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk