Hyperoptic, the UK’s largest Gigabit full fibre
provider, has released new research looking at the
gaming habits of 1,000 children aged 8 to 17. It
found that three in five pointed out their mum and
dad’s lack of gaming knowledge.
than half of children said they have been left
frustrated by parents’ attempts to speak to them
while they are in the middle of a game – because
they don’t understand that they can’t pause it.
Three in 10 have also had the ‘embarrassment’ of
parents talking to them during the game without
realising their online friends can hear every word.
one in 10 describe their mum’s gaming knowledge as
‘brilliant’ compared to a sixth who think this of
their dad. However, a tenth think their father is
‘totally clueless’ while a quarter refer to their
mother’s understanding as ‘not very good’.
Charles Davies, MD ISP at
Hyperoptic, which commissioned the research, said:
“Parents are surrounded by video games nowadays but
often don’t fully grasp what’s going on, or how
important gaming is to their children.