85% of parents have agreements with their children about in-game spending

A new report suggests 85 per cent of parents have pre-arranged agreements with their children about in-game spending, up from 79 per cent in 2018.

According to a new GameTrack survey, three-quarters of 6-15 year olds living in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK play games, accounting for over 24 million players across these five countries.

The research found that around a third of European parents polled allow their children to spend money in-game, dropping from 42 per cent of parents in 2018 to 36 per cent in 2019, but the “vast majority (8 in 10) of parents whose said that they permitted their children to spend money in-game have “an agreement of some kind” with the child. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this increases for parents who are video game players themselves are more likely to have an agreement with their children (89 per cent).

“We are delighted to see that parental involvement in children’s in-game spending is increasing and that there is good awareness of our PEGI age-ratings,” said ISFE CEO Simon Little. “We are always looking for ways to do more for our players as an industry and have engaged in information campaigns across Europe to encourage parents to have a dialogue with their children about their online activity and, where appropriate, to use the parental controls to limit or block spending, to set game play time and to control online interaction and privacy settings.

“Video games deliver experiences that enrich the everyday cultural lives of more than half of all Europeans, set new standards in innovation, artistry, education and inspire new ways of understanding and interacting with the world around us. Encouraging responsible and balanced video game play is key to ensuring that our children enjoy all the benefits of this unique medium. Both industry and parents have an important part to play.”

The survey further added that two-thirds of European people had heard of PEGI.

For the full survey, head to www.isfe.eu.

About Vikki Blake

It took 15 years of civil service monotony for Vikki to crack and switch to writing about games. She has since become an experienced reporter and critic working with a number of specialist and mainstream outlets in both the UK and beyond, including Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, IGN, MTV, and Variety.

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