Staying safe playing games online

Playing games online is one of the most popular activities with children.

With the summer holidays in full swing, it can be a juggling act keeping children entertained!¬†There’s been a huge rise in gaming over the last few years. And with the rise in accessibility of internet connected devices, playing games online is easier than ever.

Gaming is the biggest entertainment industry in the world. And although there’s lots of benefits of playing games online, it’s important we consider how suitable it is for children.

Playing games online

What is online gaming?

Online gaming is where you can play games electronically through different devices (such as smartphones, tablets, computers and games consoles). These devices are connected to the internet, allowing you to connect and interact with other players all over the world. Many games allows users to compete and communicate with others through competitions and tournaments too.

As of 2023, there are over 3 billion active gamers worldwide. This number continues to rise year on year. And it’s no wonder – with such a wide variety of genres and games, there’s something to appeal to most interests!

The benefits of playing games online.

There’s lots of benefits to playing games online!

One of the biggest advantages is improving a child’s cognitive skills. Games often require strategic thinking, problem solving and decision making. They can help develop creativity, focus and memory. It also helps develop technological proficiency, as children become confident navigating digital interfaces and understanding how games work.

Additionally, online gaming encourages teamwork and communication, as many games have multiplayer modes and online communities. Children can build friendships and social connections through games.

Things to think about with online gaming

While online gaming provides a number of benefits, it also comes with potential dangers that we need to be aware of so we can provide a safe online environment for children.

Often the biggest concern for parents is excessive screen time (something we can all be guilty of!). Spending too much time online (whether that’s playing games, scrolling through social media or streaming videos) can lead to problems such as disturbed sleep, decreased physical activity and an overall impact on our mental and physical health.

Another big thing to think about when allowing a child to play games online is the risk of exposure to inappropriate content, online predators and cyberbullying. By prioritising virtual relationships, it can hinder their real world social interactions and face to face connections.

Lastly, some games are created to be very addictive. Excessive gaming might lead to children neglecting schoolwork, relationships and health. It’s a good idea to check reviews of what your kids are in to (you can do this using this link!), and make sure you restrict things like in-game purchases (so there’s no risk of them spending money without you knowing!).

It’s really important for parents to monitor your child’s gaming activities, and set healthy boundaries and expectations around screen time and online behaviour.

Gaming in education.

Gaming is a great tool that can be brought into the classroom! It can transform a boring lesson into an enjoyable one, and students can learn without even realising! Here are some great tips for gaming in school:

  • Check the age recommendation of any games your students are going to play.
  • Provide realistic challenges. It can be demotivating if you can’t progress through a game!
  • Set clear expectations of usage (make sure they’re not gaming for too long or misusing the games).
  • Educating students through games is a great tool, but it shouldn’t replace traditional teaching methods!

Enjoy the holidays!

We’ve got lots of content for for schools and parents to help keep children safe online. Check out our blog for past topics, and give us a following on social media where we’ll share other hot topics!

To learn more about how Coconnect can help protect your school or trust, take a look at our website or get in touch. We’re still here working behind the scenes over the summer holidays, ready for new academic year next month!

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