1. Develop healthy gaming habits
Instead of playing the parents’ role, you should become their friends. If you have time, you should play the games that your child wants to try and review them for your kids or play with them. But if you don’t have enough time for testing games, you can search and read reviews of these games instead.
2. Stay safe when gaming with others
With online games, players can enjoy the games alone or ask their friends to join them. Moreover, some games offer a multiplayer mode in which you will play games with strangers. It can be a chance for players to mingle with others and forge new friendships. However, it’s also a considerable threat, too, especially for children. They can be exposed to older players who might have evil intentions or bad influences. So for younger children who are vulnerable, it’s a good idea that you shouldn’t let them play any game like that because children can be exposed to some inappropriate behaviors such as swearing, aggressive language, etc. Sometimes, they might be bullied by other players, and it’s apparent that you don’t want your kids to suffer through that.
Your restrictions can be loosened as your kids get older. However, you should still make sure that your kids are aware of these risks and inform you or other adults when they are in trouble. Moreover, it would be best if you told your kids not to share their personal information online because this can put them and the family at risk. Also, show them how to deal with situations when someone wants their information. When your kids get older, they should know how to keep themselves safe rather than following parents’ rules all the time.
3. Respect other opponents
Some online games require players to compete with each other, so you can encourage your kids to compete with respect and kindness. It reminds your kids that whether they are competing in online games or real life, they should respect their opponents. Play fair and know what to say. Moreover, it would help if you also told them how to treat their friendly rivals and the bad ones.
Here are some guides to keep your kids healthy and happy while enjoying online games. These tips might ease parents’ minds, and maybe, thanks to online games, they can tighten their relationships with their children.