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Tips for parents: children and online gaming

Online and social gaming is a large industry moving at a fast pace. It includes games you may play on a console and games played over websites and live streaming platforms, such as Twitch.

Tips for safer gaming

Do:

  • learn about the games they enjoy playing and make yourself aware of how they work
  • ask about who they are playing with and the kinds of things they talk about
  • use ‘airplane mode’ for younger children – it stops them making accidental purchases online
  • use PEGI ratings and App store ratings to choose age-appropriate games.

Don't:

  • leave a child alone playing a game for several hours – encourage them to take a break
  • save your payment details to the device your child uses for gaming as it’s easy to make accidental purchases
  • ignore changes in their behaviour – anger, frustration and physical signs like tiredness can be signs that they are spending too long gaming.

For more tips, see the Internet Matters website (opens in new tab).

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