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Posted on: April 27, 2023

Protect Your Children from Online Gaming Dangers

Online gaming safety

Six out of ten children over the age of two play video games across multiple devices that allow for social media interaction. Consequently, there is a dark side to this social interaction that can take place through online gaming platforms. Below are the top seven dangers that children who play games online may face, along with a few helpful tips on what you can do to protect them.

  • Cyberbullying: Most games allow users to block chat and messages from other users. You can also take a screenshot of offensive discussions and report it to game administrators and local law enforcement. 
  • Privacy: Never create usernames that are derivative of real names or include other personal identifiable information. 
  • Personal Information: Before you throw out your old gaming consoles, make sure you wipe the memory and delete your profiles. 
  • Online Predators: Talk to your children regularly about online risks. Monitor their gameplay and who they are communicating with closely. 
  • Webcams and Microphones: These can be controlled remotely by cyber attackers and used to exploit your children. Ensure your webcams and microphones are defaulted to the “off” setting and even consider putting tape over the camera on your computer or console. 
  • Hidden Fees: Never give your card number out for any “freemium” games. Regularly check your credit card bills to make sure you aren’t being charged for purchases you didn’t approve. Additionally, switch off “in-app updates” on your child’s smartphone or tablet to prevent them from racking up big bills for in-app purchases without realizing it. 
  • Malware: Maintain reputable cyber security software that scans all files prior to download. 

Visit to learn more on how to protect your children from the dangers of online gaming. 

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