Posted on November 13, 2007, Shawn Sines Most Parents Not Gaming With Their Kids
An Associated Press-AOL Games poll released today found that 43 percent of U.S. parents whose children play videogames never play along with them. 30 percent of those that actually do spend less than an hour a week doing so. They are more likely to be younger, single parents and part-time workers.
Parents who don’t play videogames with their kids are missing out on a medium that allows them to get in touch with their kids more than any other. Not only do videogames present a great opportunity for parents to spend time with their kids, they also give parents a chance to interact in a whole different way with their children. They can meet on a field of play where their kids are often equals if not better than them.
As a parent, I find it refreshing to be able to play with my kids. Whether we’re playing videogames, role-playing games, board games or card games it’s an opportunity for us to let our guard down and get to know each other outside the traditional roles of parent and child. It’s something we all look forward to as a family.