It's no secret that gaming is a major source of entertainment for kids. Minecraft alone has sold over 200 million copies as of May 2020, and Animal Crossing has been dubbed the game of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, while it's great for kids to play with existing friends online, it's important to make sure that they stay safe. After all, the Internet has no borders and online games allow kids to chat and play with a wide array of people.
To help your child set boundaries and play online safely, here are a few tips you can use to make sure your kids stay secure online.
Set up firewalls and online security
About 68% of online experiences begin with a search engine, and your child's harmless Google search could land them accidentally on a spammy website. While certain tech like cast routing technology ensures all your visitors' connections are routed through a firewall, it's important to set up your own anti-virus security on your computer. This will help keep innocent from mistakes from turning into a Trojan download on your laptop.
Teach your child how to identify scams
You might know what a scam looks like, but your kids don't. Should a pop-up appear on the screen while they're playing, they might click on it with good intentions. Make sure to show your kids what spam and scams look like so they can easily identify content that looks suspicious.
Teach your child to be careful about what they share
Online gaming is a great way for your kids to make friends online. But it's also important that your child doesn't share personal details about themselves over the Internet for their own safety. Make sure your child knows to avoid sharing personal details like their phone number, address, their full name, their town or city name, and where they go to school. If someone online isn't who they seem, they can add up small details over time and use it to find out more.
Only use secure gaming services
Certain games can be expensive, but it's important not to cut corners when it comes to digital game distribution services. Trying to find other ways to play a certain game online could end up putting your data and information at risk. There are several different types of cyberattacks and you could end up having your computer's mic or webcam hacked. That said, be sure to use gaming services that are legitimate and well-protected.
Online gaming can be super fun for kids, but it's important that they practice online safety while they're gaming. By following the tips above, you can feel confident knowing your child is playing as safely as possible over the net.