What are online Games?

An online game is a video game that is either partially or primarily played through the Internet or any other computer network available. … Many online games create their own online communities, while other games, especially social games, integrate the players’ existing real-life communities.

What it means to be a gamer?

A gamer is a hobbyist or individual that enjoys playing various types of digital or online games. Generally, a gamer refers to any kind of gaming enthusiast, but when used in IT, the term refers to those that utilize a full range of electronic or digital games.

Why should parents care?

  • Despite having parental controls, children are still susceptible to being targeted by predators
  • some online games allow users to create and upload games, inappropriate and graphic content can appear in any game
  • Cyber-bullying is prevalent.
  • Auto-billing features may allow children inadvertently sign up to pay for features on a monthly basis
  • Costs can add up quickly if your child buy’s add on’s and ‘in-app’ purchases.
  • With the majority of online gaming, other players are anonymous
  • It’s popular to chat with other players, this is where students receive the most exposure and are the most vulnerable

What can parents do?

  • Monitor what online games your child plays.
  • Ensure that your child knows never share personal information online – especially with someone who is anonymous (or who their parents don’t know)
  • Find positive games that you approve of – that are not user generated, and that don’t have chat features – to consider as alternatives
  • Encourage your teen to always talk with you, or a trusted adult, if a situation makes them uncomfortable
  • Get in the habit of monitoring your child’s digital footprint and staying up to date on the apps they have on their phone or tablet