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Study Says Half of Parents Worry About Children's Personal Data Being Collected by Online Games

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Online gaming can be an intimidating prospect for any person. With battle passes and loot box mechanics constantly looking to part players from their cash, alongside the rampant trolling that can still exist in game spaces despite companies like PlayStation attempting to tackle toxicity, there are plenty of legitimate reasons to stay clear of online gaming nowadays.

For a parent whose child is into online games, especially mobile titles like Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Pokemon GO, there can be some fears about how these games will affect their child.Surfshark, a company based in the Netherlands, has recently been looking into what causes parents the most concern when their child is gaming online, analyzing data from multiple surveys alongside its own studies.

According to a survey by Internet Matters, one in two parents are primarily concerned with the safety of their children's data online.

Some of the most popular games for children aged 6-10 in the UK — such as Pokemon GO, Candy Crush, and Call of Duty: Mobile — collect players' data, even though some claim that the information gathered is safe.

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