In the US, a survey released on Tuesday by the Pew Research Center found that parents and grandparents are increasingly choosing to restrict their children from playing online.
Nearly half of the adults polled, or 48%, said that they would restrict their child from playing games online or on the computer.
About 4% of the parents said they would let their child play on a mobile device, but only 2% said they’d let their children play online or in a game console.
A large majority of the respondents said they thought parents should use parental controls, such as parental notification, in order to prevent online abuse, while just 6% said parents should allow children to play online.
The Pew Research survey was conducted from June 10 to June 18 among 2,000 adults in the US.
The report also found that nearly half of parents said that online gaming is a problem, with more than 2 in 3 parents (59%) saying that online play is a big problem in their family.
About a quarter of parents (23%) said that parents should be more concerned about the safety of their children in online games.
In addition to the survey findings, Pew also surveyed parents about the dangers of using virtual reality headsets, which are now widely used by parents.
About 5% of parents and 7% of grandparents reported using a VR headset in 2016, according to the Pew survey.
Parents also said they preferred a more traditional virtual environment, such a TV or computer.