2020. June 15– IIDEA launched today Tuttosuivideogiochi.it, the first national website meant for parents, teachers and those who are interested in understanding the world of video games. The website will allow to collect information, ask for advice to several professionals, and deepen all those topics related to this popular form of entertainment, with the objective of promoting safe and responsible game play and encouraging parents to play with their children.
Video games are now an integral part of everyday life for Italian families. According to the last Annual Report of the market (available here, in fact, in 2019 Italians who played video games are 17 millions, especially between younger generations (11-24 y.o.). 67% of videogames released on the market (and 57% of games sold) is suitable for kids between 3 and 12 years old (PEGI 3, PEGI 7, PEGI 12). However, parents often are not familiar with the medium and do not have the necessary tools to understand it and best to use it with their children.
“Tuttosuivideogiochi.it wants to be an answer of the industry to the growing need of information about video games coming from Italian families. In our home video games are increasingly used to have fun, to learn, to compete and also to make exercise. But those with an educational role are not always capable of understanding the passion of their children and exploiting the full potential that video games offer”, claims Marco Saletta, IIDEA Chairman. “With this website we want to provide Italian families with an efficient tool to understand this world. Video games are not only a form of entertainment, but also a learning and social tool”.
The website was realized by IIDEA with the support of PEGI S.A, the not for profit organization managing the pan European age rating system about video games PEGI and shall be added to a similar network of projects already existing in other European countries, such as Ask About Games in the U.K., PédaGoJeux in France, The Good Gamer in Spain. The initiative also received the free patronage by AGCOM (Communication Authority) and was carried out according to the recommendations contained in the implementation guidelines of the Regulation about video games rating for the protection of minord adopted by the Authority in 2019.
“PEGI is delighted to have supported the development of ‘TUTTO SUI VIDEOGIOCHI’, as a source of expert information for parents on how to make the right choices for one of their children’s most important forms of entertainment”, says Simon Little, MD of PEGI s.a. “If parents have questions or concerns about their children playing video games, TUTTO SUI VIDEOGIOCHI can guide them towards the right approach. All the tools to start a constructive dialogue within the family about the use of video games, and the rules that need to be agreed on, are available via this website”.
For the launch of the initiative, IIDEA involved as exceptional guest Benedetta Parodi, TV-host, writer and journalist, who decided to support the project by virtue of her experience as a mother.
“I think this iniatitive is paramount because parents need to be aware of how their children spend their time. The passion for this form of entertainment can be a bridge with children, and now that so many grown-playing adults are starting a family this is happening more and more often, but this is not enough”, commented Benedetta Parodi. “Get information is essential for many reasons, not only to make an informed choice about suitable games but also to talk the same language, to dispel doubts and fears and to use video games as a social tool”.
The website will include content meant for parents and produced by parents, starting from the column “Video games in family” curated by Federico Cella, respected journalist of Corriere della Sera and expert of video games, who monthly will produce analysis of a title with the support of another expert. For the launch day, the selected title is the last chapter of the populare series Animal Crossing by Nintendo, Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch. The review was penned four handed with Manuela Cantoia, Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology at eCampus University.
In addition to game reviews, the website will include a section with product sheets of the most interesting games released and meant for kids, directly provided by game publishers and updated month after month. Particular attention will be also provided to video games rating, with a specific research tool for PEGI system and to parental controls, with the aim to make families more aware of how to use video games.
Another fundamental part of the portal will be “Guides”, realized to answer FAQ about video games and downloadable also as PDF. It will start with some of the most widespread questions between parents: how to choose a suitable game for my children, how to monitor gametime, how to manage in-game purchases, how to limit social interactions with online players, what are esports, etc.
Tuttosuivideogiochi.it relies on the positive cooperation between several private and public stakeholders and triggers a virtuous cycle of synergies to enhance the role of video games in the development of younger generations and in many other area such as family, school, health and job.
In this respect two other sections are worth mentioning: one called “The expert answers”, where parents will have the chance to ask questions to selected experts in various areas such as psychology, sociology and medicine, and the other one dedicated to insights, where users will find different articles written by professionals. Initial content will be penned by Giacinto Barresi, Post-doc Researchers in Neuroergonomy and User Experience at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genua; Manuela Cantoia, Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the eCampus University; Ivan Ferrero, new technologies psychologist and Donatella Solda, co-author of the National Plan Digital School and currently Director at Future Education in Modena.