A parent’s guide to the dangers associated with online gaming.
The internet can keep your children busy for hours on end. There is always something to do and playing games online is just one of the many ways that kids choose to spend their time online.
A report by the Entertainment Software Association shows that the average US household owns at least one gaming console or device. Gaming devices can be used to play games both off and online. Online gaming options however do pose a threat.
Not only is there a chance that your child will run up an exorbitant internet bill but there are several other potential risks:
- Encountering online predators
- Privacy issues
- Webcam concerns
To show you how easily your child can find themselves in a potentially dangerous situation, watch this video:
Tips for making gaming safer for your child
So what are some of the ways that you can better protect your child and still let them enjoy the games they love?
- Keep it amongst friends. Instead of connecting to the internet and playing with strangers, encourage your children to rather connect to their friends and family via L.A.N (local area connection). This way they can still play multiplayer games without the risk of encountering predators.
- Install anti-virus software. If your child uses a computer with a webcam to play games, having anti-virus software will help reduce the risk of a virus finding its way onto the computer or the webcam being hacked.
- Have a conversation. If your child is very passionate about certain online games, it’s a really good idea to set boundaries with them and educate them on the potential dangers of chatting with other gamers they don’t know online.
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