Online Gaming

Online gaming is definitely one of the most amazing things to have been invented in this century. Well, I would like to point out that there are a lot of benefits, and there are a lot of risks when it comes to online gaming. That’s why, in this guide, I am going to be talking about some advice that you should keep in mind, if your child is showing interest in the online gaming world.

  1. Firstly, you should check all of the settings on your devices. You should make sure that you keep track of all the purchases that they make without your counsel and with your counsel.
  2. Make sure that there is a necessary amount of parental controls installed on the gaming websites or the device that they are playing the games on.
  3. Keep all the devices in shared spaces like the living room. Make sure that they play these games under your watchful eye, if you have the time to watch them. If you do so, you will be able to see the interactions yourself.
  4. If your child insists on playing with the headset, make sure that they are interacting with appropriate people of their own age. See if you can play the sound on the speaker system, instead of the headset so that you can hear everything that is going on. I suggest you don’t do this all the time, once a twice will be fine. If you do it all the time, it will end up being helicopter parenting.
  5. Make sure that you turn on the notifications to your account. Therefore, you will be able to monitor all the activity in the account.
  6. How about playing the game with your child, once in a while? When you do so, you will be able to clearly know what is going on in the game. You will be able to understand what the game is all about, and you will also be able to decide if the game is appropriate for the gaming
  7. There have been a lot of online games that have been problematic for children. One of the biggest examples is Pokémon Go. Pokémon Go became a huge deal a couple of years ago, and a lot of children got into trouble because of this. This game required the children to actually go outside and walk-in areas which could have been potentially harmful. That is something that did become a problem. Some children ended up walking into traffic, and some children ended up going into restricted areas.
  8. Make sure that you always support and advise your child when it comes to online gaming.
  9. You should always review the gaming diet of your child, and you should review that screen time per day.
  10. Make sure that your advice is not condescending. You should see that they take the required amount of breaks.
  11. If they really love a game, try to understand why they love it so much. See that their academics are prioritised.