Playing online games is not only a fun entertainment, it also helps increase vision, improve decision-making skills and the ability to multi-task, lighten depression, and reduce stress.
On the contrary, playing online games is also directly linked to depression, obesity, addictive behavior, increased aggression, and poor grades in kids. Therefore, parents should spend time understanding the games their kids are playing as well as the safety settings of the devices they are using to play games. Below are the three safe tips to consider.
Understand Online Game First
Online games are usually played on game consoles, computers, laptops, phones, handheld devices, and many other devices. Many online games are played directly online, some others are purchased and installed on devices or downloaded from the internet. In terms of video games, older women use simple single-player games most while young men are the heaviest users of war games. While some games are educational, others are violent and include phonographic literature. Many games are designed to be played by a group of friends or family members in the same room to provide a great way for families to spend time together.
Ensure to inform your kids about the potential for cheat, bullying, and people who want to become too friendly.
Understand the game content
Most video games meant for kids are evaluated using a rating system like film ratings, allowing parents to make suitable decisions before purchasing a game. To use the video game rating system successfully, you must look at all aspects by checking the rating symbol at the front of the game box and the content description on the back of the game box.
Safety and Capabilities of Gaming Devices
Game consoles now offer family safety settings to allow parents to block inappropriate games, set time limits, and also determines the number of users interacting. Detailed instructions for establishing these settings are shown at game console’s websites. To develop the same types of limits, parents can easily use parental control tools you install on computers or the built-in family protection tools.