Half of parents are concerned about using online games to collect personal data

Half of parents are concerned about using online games to collect personal data ...

Despite a number of platforms such as Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Pokemon GO, online gaming can be a daunting task for anyone. Despite a lot of potential to maintain such a high degree of flexibility, many players may be concerned about the impact these games will have on their child.

Surfshark, a business based in the Netherlands, has recently examined what causes parents the most concern when their child is gaming online, while analysing data from multiple surveys alongside its own findings. Among the most popular games for children aged 6 to 10, such as Pokemon GO, Candy Crush, and Call of Duty: Mobile, are some of the most privacy-invading apps currently available on app stores.

Parents were also concerned about the use of microtransactions in mobile games, with one in four concerned that their child would unknowingly spend vast amounts of money on a game. Minecraft: Pocket Edition is the most popular mobile game with the age group Surfshark, and it is known to have microtransactions that allow players to buy emotes, skins, and more, owing to limited-time purchases in the app.

If Call of Duty: Mobile is open for play on Google Play or the App Store, some may wonder why kids aged 6 to 10, would be playing it if the game has an age rating of M for mature. Usually, ratings by organizations like the ESRB show viewers what a game will contain to assist people who are under the recommended age or their caregivers make informed choices. However, considering that Call of Duty: Mobile is available for download on Google Play and the App Store, a child isn''t forced to play it

Parents are advised to build a connection with their child so that they know what games they''re playing. However, these concerns are not limited to a negative reception of mobile games. Instead, it is almost impossible to prevent a child from playing entirely. Instead, what Surfshark''s research shows is that there are ways to be aware and play more safely.