Blog - 18 May 2023
With around 81% of children aged 8 to 17 having played an online game (State of Play Research, eSafety Commissioner 2023), children and games are almost inseparable in today's digital-heavy world. This is why it’s important to implement online gaming safety with children.
Although online games can be great fun – and even educational – for your child, there’s a need to make sure parents and carers are creating a safe environment to help manage the risks that are around children.
Many games can improve your child’s coordination and problem-solving skills, as well as provide entertainment through interactive play. However, it’s also important to be aware of the negative impacts that could potentially pose harm for your child from participating in online gaming.
As a guide from the eSafety Commissioner, there are 5 basic ways to create a safer gaming environment for your child. Read our online gaming safety tips below:
So, how do you know if your child is spending too much time gaming or if they’re practising online gaming safely? Well, there is no magic number of hours to answer that question. The best way to find out is by looking out for some key signs such as:
There are ways to address ‘too much gaming’ to your child by setting firm limits as a family, but there may also be underlying issues related to problematic internet use, such as depression and anxiety. If you notice any changes that concern you, you can get help for your child through a counselling or supports service. For more advice for parents and carers read Camp Australia’s eSafety Blog now.