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Child gamers, adult geniuses

Playing PC games is good for your child - honest

A child who becomes a computer geek is more likely to go to university than a child who has no interest in computers, according to a Home Office study on the effects of computer games on young children.

The report, based on over a dozen studies carried out over the last 20 years, suggests the benefits of computer games outweigh the detriments.

"It's all about moderation," said a spokesperson at the NSPCC. "Computer games do have many benefits, especially team-oriented games."

The report focused on the type or genre of games children played, as it found violent games do little more than increase aggressive behaviour.

"It is important that parents monitor the type of games their children are playing," said a spokesperson at games company Sierra. "Age certification is the only way we as manufacturers can protect children. It is up to the parents to ensure these guidelines are being followed."

Problem-solving adventures came out on top for improving a child's concentration span and encouraging them to apply logic to complex situations.

Consumer research carried out by Labtec, the computer audio manufacturers, revealed the true popularity of gaming.

Of the 1,600 gamers that took part in the survey, 73 percent said they were campaigning for game playing to become an Olympic sport.

"The press tend to focus on the negative side of computer games, but it is important to appreciate the positives too," said a spokesperson at NSPCC. "Like TV, it is about creating a balance."

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