No to social networking games: Do not encourage your kids to play online games of facebook or whatsapp. If they are using your phone or tab, do try to hide these games. Refrain yourself in indulging in social media games.
Keep the machine clean: When your kids start playing, check whether your computer has an activated security suite: a firewall, anti-spyware software, and anti-virus software. Latest security software is a safe bait. Do spend on a good anti-virus software. Even software for the mobile phones and tabs should be activated if your kids play with it. Anti virus is the best defence against the virus, malware, and online threats.
Check the rating: You can check the ratings of the game and decide whether it is age appropriate. Entertainment Rating Software Board’s rating - on game packages, online or in some mobile app storefronts.
Keep the computer or mobile device out in the open: When children are playing games on smartphones or tab or your computer or laptop make them sit is in a central location. In this way, it would be easier to monitor your kids’ online activities.
Enable parental control: Always use built-in parental controls on your Web browser in all the devices including smartphones.
- Try to limit their time of playing games: Some consoles offer parental control features that let parents decide when and for how long their child can play, and with whom they can play. Many new smart phones and tablets often offer settings options which restrict access to certain apps. It can also turn off online access or location services.
- Empower your children to handle problems as early as possible: When your child can understand say around 8 years or 9 years teach your kid how to block and report a cyber bully. You can ask them to keep a record of the conversation if they are being harassed. You can also notify the game’s publisher or online service about the offender. Moreover, if required, you can inform the police or the cyber crime department.
- Protect your identity: If your kids are playing a game that features live voice chat, try to refrain them from chatting. Make sure your children know that they should not send out any private details to fellow gammers. Explain it to them what is personal information and not to be disclosed. Encourage your child to use an avatar image profiles who are their favourite, not an actual picture of themselves.
- Teach to kids to make their password.The best way is a sentence format. Kids need have strong passwords for their gaming accounts. A secure password might be a sentence that is at least 12 characters long and easy to remember.
- When in doubt, about the game just throw it out: Teach your child not to accept downloads from strangers. This includes helps for gaming and other dangerous games like recently “Blue Whale.”
- Teach teenagers not to meet strangers of the virtual world: It is the onus of parents to protect our children from cyber crimes and bullies. We have to be proactive and continually educate our children.Advice them not meet a stranger from the gaming world or social media or chat room in person. People are not always turn out who they say they are.
- Prohibition to play games will not work: Children will still use computers and games consoles, in schools or at friends' houses.So it is wise to educate your child about the cyber risk and management. The outcomes would be more reassuring.