Online gamerMany gaming devices now mean that children and young people can play online against people they know and people they don't know (which can include adults). As well as just playing games together people can also interact in other ways.

It's important to make sure that games are suitable for their age and that children understand how they can stay safer.

Online gaming things to think about

Online gaming things to talk about

If you don't play online games you might not be sure how to talk about gaming with your child but there are some things you can ask them like:

How old?

The PEGI system gives age ratings to products to help adults decide if a game is suitable for their child.  As well as age ratings, products feature ‘descriptors’ which show why a product has received a certain age rating. For example this might be because it contains violence (including sexual violence), discrimination, depictions of alcohol and drugs, or bad language.

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PEGI Gambling PEGI Bad Language PEGI Online Gameplay PEGI Discrimination PEGI Fear PEGI Drugs PEGI Sex

Find out more about online gaming

Many gaming devices including Playstation, Wii, Xbox have information specifically for parents on their websites so it’s worth taking a look.

You can find more advice for parents on the UK Safer Internet Centre website or download Online Gaming: an introduction for parents and carers from Childnet.


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