A study conducted by YourDost, which is a leading online counselling and emotional wellness platform revealed that most Indian parents support their children enjoying online games with certain restrictions.
61% of Indian parents agreed that online games are beneficial to kids. 60% of the parents believe that online gaming can be a great stress buster for kids, according to findings of a study conducted by YourDost. The study was regarding Indian parents’ perception of their children’s online gaming habits.
The study aimed to discern what Indian parents think about their children playing online games. The study also analysed the levels at which the risks of online gaming outweigh the benefits for children. The pandemic has brought about a change in online gaming.
Parents encourage online gaming but are aware of the drawbacks too
The study involved 429 parents, including working professionals, homemakers, retirees, and entrepreneurs. As many as 65% of parents played online games themselves. According to the study, 48% of them believe online gaming is a great way to socialise.
The study makes it clear that the vast majority of Indian parents come from a place of empathy. It reveals that 83% of the parents who are entrepreneurs, strongly feel that online gaming can be beneficial for their kids. Most entrepreneurs play games like sudoku to develop their strategic thinking. As they are aware of this, they will want their children also to develop these skills through online gaming.
The study showcased that Indian parents also have many fears concerning online gaming. Their fears are not unwarranted, as many parents found that online gaming can hamper the child’s academic performance.
According to the study, 88% of parents feel that online gaming could be addictive. 79% think that online gaming can hamper academic performance while 74% feel online games can cause violent behaviour among children.
Rules for online gaming are important
Most parents (76.1%) also felt that their child’s online gaming habits caused frustration in the family. Therefore, 78% of parents think that it’s essential to have ground rules for online gaming.
The study unveiled that while most parents agree that online gaming has its benefits, they are also fearful of gaming turning into an addiction. Most parents are aware of the pros and cons of online gaming.
The study recommends that having a fixed gaming schedule, and educating the child on the advantages and disadvantages of gaming, can be crucial steps in making gaming a pleasurable experience. Overall, practising good gaming hygiene can make online gaming an effective stressbuster for children and parents.
“In this age of digital outreach, it’s no surprise that the amount of time towards online gaming has increased. It is even more so now because of the real-life experience and the advent of AR/VR. But everything has its set limit of dosage. There needs to be the right balance in terms of how much parents need to allow their kids to play online games. The right mix of time and conversation with kids will bring in positive outcomes,” said Richa Singh, Cofounder and CEO, YourDost.
(With inputs from IANS)