A Parent’s Guide to Gaming
What you can do to help keep your child safe online
- Do not allow your child to play an inappropriate age related game. These games will expose there minds to content that they are not yet ready for and can influence negatively their behaviour from an early age.
- Regularly discuss with your child the importance of letting you know who they are playing with and not to purchase anything online without gaining your permission first.
- Regularly talk with your child that they should only play games online with friends and family they know in the physical world and not to accept ‘play request’ from strangers.
- Try and play some of the games together.
- If your child uses a headset, sometimes ask them to remove it so you can monitor any conversations they may be having online.
- Constantly monitor the number of online friends they have.
- Ask your child to always speak nicely online and that if anyone is unkind or asks to have a private chat or meet, they should let you know straight away.
- Always let your child know that they should always say if they see or hear anything online that makes them feel scared or uncomfortable and to never arrange to meet someone who they have met online.
- Let them know that they do not have to feel as though they have done something wrong, nobody is going to get cross and it is not their fault.
- If you are concerned with anything you or your child has seen or asked to do, please call Childline or tell your child’s school.
Always encourage your child to:
They will know how to help.
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