E-Safety – Gaming

Gaming: What parents and carers need to know

Gaming is a popular pastime for both young people and adults across the world. Many games have adopted an interactive online element- whether it’s playing against other users, chatting or making purchases.

For most children and young people, gaming is a fun way to spend time with friends and create opportunities to develop teamwork, concentration skills and problem-solving.

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Other factors to consider: 

  • You may have introduced boundaries at home about when and what type of games your child is allowed to play. Remember to talk to your child about these rules and set out expectations if they stay with family friends or child care.  
  • Encourage your child to talk to you about the games they play and how they feel after playing them. Children are sometimes frightened by games but won’t tell anyone in case they take the game away. While children are still learning to distinguish between reality and fantasy, it’s important to talk to them about what they see in games.
  • If your children are playing games online don’t forget that you can also set parental controls on many devices to give you extra piece of mind.  The VSC website offers full instructions on how to set parental controls for the most popular devices.  

Information sourced from thinkuknow.co.uk