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Nov 10, 2015
Video games have come a long way since they were first developed. Starting with the first Pong game, video games have changed into massive multiplayer games. Players from all over the world can play games against each other. There is also a wide selection of games: sports games, racing games, war games, etc.
With so many people, including kids, becoming involved in online gaming, parents can often feel lost knowing what is going on. In a recent survey, over 90% of parents of kids aged 5-18 allow their children to play online games. Of those parents, over half of them worry about their child’s safety when playing online games.
Because most parents have never dealt with online gaming before, 37% of parents feel like they have no control over what their child does playing online. Many are afraid that their child may be bullied on these online video game, which can happen. Another possibility is that kids may share personal information online.
Many of the most popular games that people play online contain a lot of violence. If parents aren’t aware of what their kids are playing, many kids can become involved with video games that aren’t appropriate for their age. One thing that parents can do is make sure that kids only play video games that have been approved by the parents.
It can be very hard to monitor and control online gaming content because every person is different online. A child could be playing a harmless sports game but be playing with or against someone who is doing or saying inappropriate things online. Since every game is different, both parents and children need to be vigilant about what is being said and done online.
Conversation about what is appropriate is important to make sure that children understand how to protect themselves while gaming online. Children need to know that it is just a game, and that they can turn it off if they are dealing with someone who is not being appropriate. They also need to know what is okay and what is not okay to share. While it may be difficult to control what goes on online, these conversations with children can help them take control of the situation and protect themselves.
** The information in this article is from videogamer.com