As technology is advancing, our kids are getting more and more addicted to online games. Online gaming can be a fun way for kids to connect with others, but it’s important for parents to keep few points in mind to make sure that their child stays safe while playing online and video games:
- Here are the practical steps which parents should remember:
- Know about the game your child wants to buy or play. Check out game review sites.
- Be sure your child has strong passwords for his gaming accounts.
- Discuss with your child about risks involved while playing online games. Tell him about online bullying, frauds.
- Instruct your child to report any bad behavior or bullying when he plays online and come for help to you.
- Make sure that your child does not reveal his personal details like real name, location, gender and age. He should also use an avatar, not his photo while playing games.
- Don’t let your child download any content like cheat file without your permission, they might contain virus.
- Use parental controls which are available for all currently sold game consoles to manage online gameplay.
- Keep the computer in a public area of your home, such as the living room, so that you can check on what your child is doing online and how much time he is spending there
- Instruct your child to take your permission before making any in-game purchase that involves cash, and not points.
- Monitor your child’s activity while he is online.
- Keep your computer secured. Make sure that your computer is regularly updated. (Update firewall, anti-spyware software, and anti-virus software).
- Check game’s ESRB rating.
What is ESRB Rating?
The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings provide guidance about video games and apps so that consumers, especially parents, can make informed choices about the ones they deem suitable for their family.
ESRB ratings have three parts:
- Rating Categories suggest age appropriateness.
- Content Descriptors indicate content that may have triggered a particular rating and/or may be of interest or concern.
- Interactive Elements inform about interactive aspects of a product, including users’ ability to interact, the sharing of users’ location with other users, or the fact that personal information may be shared with third parties.
By following these simple tips, parents can keep their child safe while playing games online. Happy Playing!