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Study: Parents Find Video Games Beneficial to Their Kids

Kids Enjoying Video GamesSony Online Entertainment (SOE) has revealed portions of a survey which finds that many parents approve of their kids video gaming habits, saying they improved their hand/eye coordination, problem solving and typing skills.

The participants, 414 parents of children between the ages of 2-17, were interviewed through the Yahoo! Shine website  during the month of June 2008. Games were found to help kids think strategically, with 70 per cent of the parents saying they had seen their children's problem solving skills improve since they started playing video games.

Since many games require players to follow rules, think tactically, make fast decisions and fulfill numerous objectives to win, it is no surprise that these skills be applied elsewhere by learning children. Read More...

Three quarters of participants said video games greatly improve their children’s hand/eye coordination, while over 80 per cent saw improvement in their kids typing skills from playing PC and online games.

The survey also found that most participating parents (87 per cent) took time to play games with their kids, demonstrating attention towards their children’s activities. More than 80 per cent of respondents also said their kids played video games in a common area of the house where they could easily be supervised.

"Family video game nights are becoming incredibly popular with the variety of games out there," said Linda Fears, editor-in-chief, Family Circle magazine, in a news release. "Parents and children of all ages are finding games to play together, no matter what each person's experience level."

"The good news is that parents are involved with and aware of what their kids are playing," said John Smedley, president of SOE and father of four. "The even better news is that parents and kids are playing together."

The full survey results will be published in the November 2008 issue of Family Circle magazine. The results have a margin error of +/- 4.81% 19 times out of 20.