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Children are giving up video games but what's the new craze that's become king?
The era of children playing computer games alone in their bedrooms could be coming to an end as most would rather play chess or draughts with their families.
Traditional games could see a comeback as a survey of 1,000 parents and their children aged 7-14 shows that the way children play today has eroded family time.
The research by Barclaycard found that almost half (43%) of children say they do not spend enough time playing games with their family, rising to over half (52%) amongst the youngest child in families
A fifth of parents (21%) feel that modern playing habits have led to the family spending less time together as children’s computer gaming has doubled in a generation.
Only about half as many children play chess today (24%) compared to when their parents were growing up (45%), and far fewer children (44%) play card games than their parents did (73%).
But two-thirds of children (67%) say they would like to learn how to play traditional games, such as chess,draughts and cards.
Youngsters playing chess
The interest in board games may come as a surprise in today’s computer-dominated world.
Children are now twice as likely to play computer games (82%), compared to their parents when they were young (38%), with six in ten of those children (60%) playing video games on their own.
The findings are published by Barclaycard to mark this year’s international final of Yes2Chess, an initiative it started two years ago with the charity Chess in Schools and Communities to promote the development of essential skills in young people.
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David Chan, Barclaycard Europe chief, said: “Children today have opportunities to both learn and play through a whole raft of games and technologies that have developed since their parents’ generation.
“But our research has found that new technology is not always better, and some of the more traditional games still have a place in children’s lives today.
“Chess in particular has been shown to improve children’s numeracy and problem-solving skills as well as overall educational outcomes, which is why we’ve been so passionate at Barclaycard to help bring it into schools.
“In today’s world, where many parents fear that they’re spending less time with their children, there is no better way to bring the family together than to gather round a board game or a pack of cards. Sometimes, the old ways are the best, and parents shouldn’t be afraid to swap their tablet for the chess board every once in a while.”