2. Begin the conversation about gaming safety settings and in-game purchases
Whether the children and young people in your care are new to gaming or are experienced gamers, it’s important to have conversations regarding the risks and benefits of gaming. This is also the perfect time to talk to them about safety and privacy settings.
You might be met with opposition, but talking about why privacy and safety settings are important can help keep the gamers in your care onside. You might want to talk about what might happen if these aren’t enabled. Feel free to use the top tips in this article to help guide your conversations.
The gaming world and its risks evolve all the time, and naturally so will your conversations about keeping safe while gaming. It’s important not to feel like this is a thankless task or pointless conversation when explaining the importance of safety and privacy while gaming. Enabling these settings is something you and the gamer in your care can do together.
Explaining why safety and privacy are important will help support a child or young person’s understanding and respect for these decisions. It can help to focus on how restrictions on games will change as they grow older. This will give you a perfect opportunity to encourage the gamers in your care to continue talking to you about safety and privacy online.
Check out our Console guides below on the PlayStation 5, Xbox X and S series and the Nintendo Switch for more information on parental features, blocking and reporting.
Loot Boxes have been compared to gambling. This is because gamers pay for items with real-life currency and in-game currency without a full understanding of the risk and reward of these purchases. For more information about loot boxes, check out what our online experts said in our recent article.
Games now provide warnings on their labels if they include in-Game purchases.
Games that have in-game purchases include:
- Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA5)
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
- Call of Duty: Warzone
- FIFA 21
- Among Us
Remember, if a child or young person in your care wants to play online, they may have to pay for a subscription service if they are using a PlayStation, Nintendo or Xbox console.