The prevalence of online gaming in today’s society has led to increased risks for users during their experiences with games, particularly to children of youth.
1.) Parental Controls
On Internet gaming consoles nowadays, many options exist for parents to set password-locking controls on content so that their children may not access it This includes limiting apps, games, videos, and other mature-level content from being displayed when the preferences are set to this standard, similar to a television. For console garners in particular, safety settings can be monitored from their personal account (or gamer tag), by accessing them through in-game options. Similarly, many of a computer’s options can be altered in either the Control Panel or the parent’s main profile, as they can change settings for secondary accounts used by guests or children.
2.) Virus & Safety Protection
Although gaming consoles are slightly more protected to this, mobile phones, laptops, and desktop computers are particularly vulnerable to spyware or damaging files that can alter your security encryption. Asa result, be sure to use an updated Firewall with proper anti-virus.
However, children have a tendency to be easily manipulated by those who offer something “too good to be true”. Therefore, it must be instilled by parents into their children to NEVER reveal personal information to ANYONE they do not know on the internet, including: passwords, credit card numbers, addresses, phone numbers, or any other personal information that can be used to obtain illegitimate access.
In addition, they must be urged against downloading files without permission, regardless of the device. If a reasonable adult is unable to affirm the safety of a potential download, it should not be downloaded.
Finally, a phenomenon sweeping the world of gaming is the term labeled as “cyber-bullying”. Cyber bullying is generally defined as sending intimidating or threatening messages while using electronic communication, usually in an attempt to put others down. It is also worth noting that children are susceptible targets who seldom admit the occurrence of such events.
Because of their tendency to not admit to being cyber-bullied, the following tips are for parents to suggest to their children in order to avoid being emotionally devastated by a cyberbully: – Ignore them – Leave the game and choose a new one to play – Turn the game off and return again later
If your child is emotionally distraught as a result of cyber bullying and you are worried about potential risks, parents can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).