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November 10, 2014 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Play It Safe: Tips Every Gamer’s Parent Should Know

Online play options have become standard for many PC games and parents naturally want to find safe online games for their kids. While your kids play with other players of their favorite games, you need to be watchful for any potential problems. By taking proactive steps and staying actively involved in your children’s online activities, parents like you can ensure safe online gaming for your kids.

Observation 

As a parent, you need to stay current on game ratings and your kids’ use of and involvement in these games. Game ratings can help parents determine what is and is not acceptable content for their kids’ age groups and maturity levels. Here is a breakdown of some of the common game ratings from the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB):

  • E – everyone
  • E 10+ – anyone over 10 years old
  • Teen – some content is not kid-friendly
  • M – mature players, usually 17+
  • A – adults only due to graphic content
  • RP – rating pending/undetermined

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To learn more about what constitutes each ESRB rating, please visit here.

Communication

Make sure you keep communication lines open with your kids. They need to know that they can come to you with questions, concerns, or problems about the online games they play. Parents who are involved, approachable, and take an interest in what their children are doing often have kids who stay safe and smart when playing online. Here are a few tips to get your children talking:

  • Ask them about the game they’re playing
  • See if they will show you what the game is like
  • Ask them about their favorite characters in the game
  • Talk to them about the people they play with
  • Find out what they like and dislike about the game
  • Offer to play the game with your children

Involvement

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Being involved will go a long way in helping to protect your kids in the online gaming world. Sit beside them, take an interest in what they are doing, and engage with them as they play the game.  This is a great way to take an active role in promoting online safety, even if online games are not really your thing.

Tips to Promote Online Safety for Kids

Make sure your children do the following to stay safe online:

  • Use strong passwords for online game accounts.
  • Never share passwords or accounts with other players online
  • Know how to report unacceptable behavior.
  • Never share names, age, addresses, phone numbers, school names, or other personal info online.
  • Avoid using real names for screen names
  • Do not use real photos of themselves as their user images – adopt avatars or generic image instead.
  • Only discuss game-related things during in-game chats or communications.

Make sure that as a parent you are engaging with your kids, encouraging them to take part in activities in real life as well as online, getting them to do things with you as a family, and highlighting the importance of spending time away from games and the Internet. You do not have to stand over their shoulders all the time, but being involved, interested, and influential in what they do with their time can help keep them safe when playing online games. Using these and many other safety tips for online game play can go a long way in helping kids make smart decisions as they play games and interact with other players online.

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  1. Chrissy The Blesser / Nov 10 2014 4:04 pm

    Great stuff here. I love the suggestion of playing the game with your kids. I have many times just shook my head at parents that never take the time to actually PLAY with their kids, like it is beneath them or something. I ALWAYS played with my nieces and they adored it. I play with my neighbor’s grandson and he thinks it’s such a hoot to be playing an MMO game with his parents, grandparent and unofficial auntie. The value of the wonderful memories you will be making with your kidlets, by blood or by heart, will far outweigh the time investment. It’s much easier to protect them when you are actually with them. Have some fun together, you will NEVER regret it. 😀

  2. poprocker1 / Nov 10 2014 7:31 pm

    Reblogged this on Pop Rocking Culture and commented:
    This is for those of us whose kids play games online. There are some good tips for adults as well!

  3. Fred Cleggett / Nov 10 2014 8:38 pm

    I always o\love game that teaches structure thx

  4. Jennifer Titan / Nov 10 2014 9:25 pm

    Reblogged this on jennifertitanquestingandpvp and commented:
    Another great post! Used and loved!

  5. Stefanie Boden / Nov 11 2014 1:28 am

    My son is 14 years old and we play together pirate 101. It is really fun, and he is not interested in unknown contacts at all. There´s a friend of us who plays with him pirate 101 as well, but also wizard 101. When we first came in contact with multiplayer games, we made the experience, that what you imagine, with who you chat, is very different from the reality of your unknown chat partner. It´s very important to make this clear, when children chat with someone unknown. Besides this we like the gameforge children´s games very much, because of their nice graphic and the low aggression impact.

  6. :D / Nov 11 2014 6:45 pm

    😀

  7. cool kid / Nov 17 2014 5:45 pm

    this is really good stuff, nice kingisle

  8. Madcards / Feb 17 2015 6:59 am

    Ditching the conventional ways of playing a certain game, if you have succeeded in inventing your own way of enjoying it, you must tell the world about your newest innovation. The Internet is huge and it still has unimaginable space to fit in more information. Make use of platforms like Madcards that let you tell stories via videos, pictures and plain words.

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