Guidelines to keep in mind when your child starts playing online and video games

Playing online games

As technology is advancing, our kids are getting more and more addicted to online games. We should make sure that we have few in-house rules for our kids whenever they play a video game or play online.

Here are points that will guide you to help your child to play online or video games wisely:

– Know about the game they want to buy or play. Check out game review sites.

– Use parental controls which are available for all currently sold game consoles to help manage online gameplay. And keep your password or PIN a secret!

– Discuss to with your child about risks involved while playing online games. Tell him about online bullying, frauds.

– Instruct your child to report any bad behaviour or bullying when he plays online and come for help to you.

– Keep the computer in a public part 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 always get your permission before making an in-game purchase that involves cash, and not points.

– Set time period for playing online games. Make sure other activities like studies, playing sport, etc is not neglected due to online games.

– Monitor your child’s activity while he is online.

– Check the review of the online games in which your child is interested.

– Check a game’s ESRB rating before bringing it home, ( This rating does not reflect user-generated content encountered during online play)

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.

Let me know if you have any more tips on this topic.

Take Care 🙂

Sonal

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