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4th Jul, 2022

Wellbeing of young videogame-players in Warwickshire is survey focus

THE WELLBEING of Warwickshire children who have been increasingly playing video games over lockdown is the subject of a survey.

The survey has been launched by Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) Cyber Crime Advisors and the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

It aims to find out how lockdown has changed the gaming habits of children and young people, and what effect it may have had on their wellbeing.

It will chart 11 to 16-year-olds’ usage and reasons for gaming, and will look at the type and time spent gaming.

It will also seek to establish to what extent young people are aware of the risks associated with cyberspace.

Coun Jeff Morgan, WCC spokesman for Children, Families and Education, said: “The risks of cyberspace are increasingly well known, and what we are trying to find out with this survey is what effect the past year has had on the wellbeing of young gamers. Under Child Friendly Warwickshire we aim to work with children and young people to ensure their views are heard and make a difference across the county – and this survey is another example of that.”

Philip Seccombe, Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “Gaming can be a very enjoyable activity but sadly there are people who will seek to exploit others through it, so it is important that we find out directly from young people what their experiences are. This survey gives another opportunity to highlight some of the dangers and its results will shape how we work in future to provide added protection for young people in the county.”

Parents and carers are being urged to encourage their children to complete the survey, which should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Visit ask.warwickshire.gov.uk/insights-service/2cfd15bd/ to take part.

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