Gaming has changed massively over the years. Kids are no longer stuck in their bedroom, with their friends huddled around a tiny TV screen. Instead they’re online, playing and chatting with people from all over the world, whether they’re friends or complete strangers. Now that it’s easier to play with anyone, it’s important to make sure that kids stay safe online. In this guide, we’ll tell you how you can protect your children when they’re playing games.
First of all, it’s important to keep all personal information private. The account your kids use for their games will hold a lot of valuable information, like card details and addresses, so they need to be as secure as possible. If you pay for a lot of games on an online platform, like Steam, you’ll need to keep your card details safe and secure, so make sure you choose a strong password that uses capital letters, numbers and special characters. Your child will also need a username, something that other players will know and recognise them by. So, make sure they don’t use something that reveals important information like their real name or birthday.
A huge part of online gaming is talking with other players from all over the world. This could be done by using voice chat or on online forums, and when it’s done safely, it can be a great way for your kids to learn about teamwork. It’s vital that you know who your kids are communicating with and how. Make them aware that if they are talking to strangers, they should stay within the game’s community and never take their conversations over to other social media sites or chat services. Also, make sure they know that they should never give out any personal information, like their name, age or telephone number. If you think someone is upsetting your child online, most games let you mute certain players or block them for things like inappropriate behaviour or abuse.