Children should play more games, says Cabinet minister

By Patrick Garratt, Monday, 15 December 2008 15:19 GMT


Cabinet Office Minister Tom Watson’s told the Mirror that children should be encourage to play more videogames.

Watson, who is in charge of encouraging new technology across Government, said: “Basically, I think playing games is a good thing.

“I’d rather my boy be playing on his Wii than passively watching telly.

“Most games are educational. They make you think, focus, challenge and change – 500 years ago a medium that did this would be called art.”

There’s more through there, including the fact that British obesity’s on the rise.

“We all have a role to play in encouraging young people to get out from behind their computer games and playing sport,” said former sports minister Richard Caborn.

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