June isn’t just the beginning of summer-it’s also Internet Safety Month! So, with the end of the school year fast approaching, we thought we’d share some great safety tips from NetSmartz.org on Gaming. With school out, kids will have a lot more time on their hands and may spend more time online. Here are some tips to help children game safely:
Parental involvement is critical when it comes to helping children game more safely. Take an active interest in the games that your child plays and wants to buy. You can research games’ ratings and content on www.esrb.org. This website is maintained by the Entertainment Software Rating Board which rates thousands of games each year.
- Know which safety features are available on the gaming equipment that your child uses—a headset may have voice-masking features, for example.
- Keep gaming consoles in an easy-to-supervise location and be aware of other places where your child may be accessing games.
- Tell your child never to give out personal information while gaming or agree to meet anyone outside of the game.
- Teach your child not to respond to anyone who is being rude or bullying while playing the game.
- Set rules about how long your child may play, what types of games are appropriate, and who else may participate.
- Have your child check with you before using a credit or debit card online.
- Check to see if the games your child plays have reporting features or moderators.
You can find more tips and advice for kids and online safety at www.netsmartz.org.