Video Games: Young People

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had recent discussions with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on tackling video game addiction among young people; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

It is important that young people enjoy video games as part of an active and balanced lifestyle that includes time for exercise and socialising in the real world. Through our Internet Safety Strategy we are working closely with the games industry, agencies such as the Video Standards Council and others to improve online safety in games, including promoting healthy and responsible gaming. More broadly, to better understand the relationship between social media and the mental health of children and young people up to 25 years old, the Chief Medical Officer will be leading a systematic review to examine all relevant international research in the area.

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