Now more than ever before, video games are an incredibly popular hobby among children and adults alike. And while there is such a thing as spending too much time in front of the computer or TV screen, gaming isn’t without benefits.
In a study published by the American Psychological Association, it was found that gaming improves spatial skills, problem-solving, and creativity. That said, playing video games doesn’t come without risks, which is especially true with online gaming.
Thankfully, online gaming safety isn’t as complicated as you might think. To learn how to protect your family while having fun with online games, just keep reading.
1. Privacy is Paramount
One of the best things about playing online games is that it provides the opportunity to socialize with people who have similar interests without leaving the comfort of your home.
It’s easy to feel that these people are your friends, but remember that you’ve actually never met them before. Keep personal information to yourself. Stick to talking about the game, and if you do share, give only vague details about your life.
2. Choose a Username and Password With Care
Let’s say you discover a new game while watching Gamemine videos and want to check it out. When you create your account, choose your username and password with care.
This can be said for any account you create online, but when you play games, your username shouldn’t include any personal information. Don’t use your real name, your school, your birthday, or give any indication of your address.
As for your password, choose something strong but easy to remember. Avoid using a password that you’ve already used elsewhere and include plenty of unusual characters.
3. Check Your Privacy Settings
Take a look at the privacy settings of both your console and the specific game you’re playing. It’s a good idea to ensure that strangers can’t see when you’re on and offline and that the game you’re playing is kept private.
Every game and console is different, don’t assume that the privacy settings are correct just because they were on another game.
4. Be Careful of Mods and Downloads
Especially if your preferred online gaming platform is a PC, you’re going to have the choice of adding a variety of mods and other downloads to your game to enhance your experience.
These aren’t inherently bad, plenty of people make stunning, safe mods. However, you should exercise extreme caution before downloading anything from the internet. From viruses to phishing scams, downloading things from the internet dramatically increases your risk.
5. Report and Block Potential Threats
Whether you notice suspicious behavior or someone being rude to you or your child, there’s nothing wrong with reporting and blocking. In fact, we recommend using these features liberally.
The great thing about the internet is that if someone is bothering you, all you have to do is press one button and they’re gone for good!
Protect Yourself and Your Children While Online Gaming
On a rainy day, there’s nothing better than breaking out your favorite console for some online gaming. But taking measures to protect yourself and your children from potential online threats couldn’t be more important.
By using these tips, you can feel comfortable enjoying your favorite online gaming platform knowing that you and your family are safe from harm.
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