The Dangers of Gaming that Every Parent Should Know

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While there are many games that can help to increase children’s mental capacity and hand and eye coordination, not all of them are beneficial. The environment of online gaming is anonymous in a sense, which can create a huge risk for young children. With these risks, parents should be aware of what children find fun and entertaining could potentially be dangerous to them.

Online Predators

No longer do you just have to teach and warn your children about stranger danger outside of the home, but with the increase of online gaming it’s important to teach them about it online. Discussing a set of rules and regulations ahead of time before allowing your children to play online is always a must. With this discussion, you need to in still in them the skills needed to recognise something that is not right.

If someone is being too friendly to them and asking them for personal information while online in game, this is a sure fire sign to cut ties and not to communicate with that person any more. It’s important for them to recognise the warning signs that someone is trying to prey on them.

55052813 - little boy protects his sister from watching inappropriate content while using a computer. internet safety for kids concept. toned image with selective focus
55052813 – little boy protects his sister from watching inappropriate content while using a computer. internet safety for kids concept. toned image with selective focus

Sexual Game Content

While online gaming opens the door for sexual content to be distributed, it’s important to note that many games now have sexual content installed right into them. Just because the rating is T for teen doesn’t mean it is appropriate for a preteen child. In fact, many of the T rated games feature a small amount of sexual content in it.

Virtual sex games can be easily accessed online as well. Kids can easily find these games and create their own online identity and engage in many sex acts that they should not be witness to. Before you buy your child a game or let them game on a new website, it’s important to do your research ahead of time and stay informed about what they are playing. When you are informed

about the games they are participating in, you can critique your rules and regulations for gaming time and length to these games as well as any discussions you need to have in advance.

Conclusion

Gaming doesn’t have to be all scary. Many games are wonderful to help build skills that children need to thrive in school and in life. By learning how to play safe whether online or at home, children can play some of their favourite games and have fun doing so.

It’s always important to research the games your children like ahead of time before allowing them to play them. This will allow you to learn whether or not the game is appropriate for their age, or if there are any pregame conversations you must have.

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