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