Tabloid newspapers in search of a sensationalist story often claim that computer games are harmful for children. However, despite the red tops' machinations and protestations, the gaming industry continues to enjoy healthy growth.
The BBC has now entered the debate and come out in favour of such games for children, and has developed a digital tool that lets children create their own games based on CBBC show Technobabble.
Make It: Technobabble aims to encourage children to get involved with digital technology and use their creativity to manipulate the rules, background and physics of their game.
Martin Wilson, BBC Future Media's head of digital creativity, said in a BBC blog post that the tool requires only access to the web, willingness to experiment and an idea.
"It's a starter kit. It requires no technical knowledge, no download and works just as well on mobile and tablets as desktop," he wrote.
Make It: Technobabble was created as part of the BBC's Make It Digital initiative designed to introduce children to the world of coding and digital creativity.
Children can create apps for smartphones and tablets using the tool, which could inspire them to go on to create multimillion selling apps such as Angry Birds and Flappy Bird.
The BBC has a history of involvement with coding and technology, having created its own coding language and given many people their first taste of computing with the BBC Micro.
Such initiatives have been designed to develop digital skills at a grassroots level, running parallel with the introduction of coding into the school curriculum in September, all with the goal of closing the UK's digital skills gap.
The skills gap has prompted concerns that many technology companies will not have access to people with the right skills to fill the UK's digital jobs of the future.
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