Responding to the Children's Commissioner's research into online play amongst children, Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie, said:
“We welcome the Children’s Commissioner’s research into the experiences of children with online games. The report shows how important online play is to their lives and how games bring children together, spark creativity and equip them with vital skills for a digital age.
We recognise the need to educate players, parents and carers about safe and sensible play habits and for the industry to take an appropriate role in doing so. This is why we already work hard to proactively tackle the challenges highlighted in the report directly.
The industry continues to promote healthy and balanced playing practices through our consumer information site askaboutgames.com and via lesson plans available for schools through Ukie’s Digital Schoolhouse initiative. We have also, as a sector, put in place extensive tools and settings on game platforms that allow parents to limit the time and money spent by children in game already.
The industry welcomes further research in this incredibly important area. We will continue to collaborate closely with government and the Children’s Commissioner to promote these messages and encourage digital literacy across all age groups.”