Half of the parents surveyed also believe that gaming should be kept to a maximum of one hour per day. The survey also found that 64 per cent of children played games alone, and that only five per cent played online multiplayer and only 12 per cent played with friends.
UK games body ELSPA responded to the claims, which come several months ahead of the widely publicised government Byron Report, by saying: “Game playing is part of a balanced mix of leisure activities for all ages.
"We welcome the opportunity to highlight the range of devises such as age content suitability ratings and parental controls that support parents in exercising their responsibilities."
ELSPA has always supported the drive to increase parents’ understanding of age ratings and game content, and earlier this year established the www.askaboutgames.com website.