Outside The Box: Playing Videos Games With Your Children To Keep Up


Tuesday, February 2nd 2016, 8:44 am
By: News 9


Many parents worry about what their kids are seeing online and in video games. Here's an "outside the box" approach to keeping up with our kids.

A new survey shows more and more parents are playing video games. These parents say it gives them the ability to easily control what their kids are seeing.

The consulting firm Magid interviewed 3,000 parents and found 92 percent of those whose kids play video games play alongside them. The survey shows the majority of parents prefer that kids play with consoles that are easy to monitor rather than on computers, smart phones or tablets.

"So this is not just a core device for hard core gamers. This is a family device. We like to think of it as the next new kitchen table in the family,” said Mike Vorhaus, President of Magid Advisors.

"When we finally have some time together, we like to do things she enjoys. And she enjoys other activities too. But this is one of them and we have fun together. We like it," Julie Babayeva said.

The survey also found that more than three quarters of parents say their primary reason to play games is to spend time with their children.