Gaming is a pastime many of us have enjoyed in our childhood and still continue to do so. It is also something most of want to pass on to our children as a fun way of connecting with them and their friends. However, as parents, and with the development of the digital age and all the corruption so readily dished out on cyber space, we have a few restrictions and concerns in allowing our children free access on the net to play video games. There are all forms of crazed individuals to whom our children can make contact with accidently, sites with questionable material are constantly popping up and internet security as a whole is a key concern. Here are a few tips for parents in handling gaming with young children.
Keeping a Clean Machine.
We all purchase expensive machines such as alienware computers so as to have the most sophisticated specs in gaming and the best experience. We also allow our passwords and credit card information available to the internet whenever necessary to purchase and develop in the various levels of the game.
However, it is important to have your alienware computers backed with a sound anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Having a strong firewall is also important. Making sure your computers are secured with the latest developments in computer and internet security will help secure your child’s safety on the internet.
Teach the importance of having a strong password and help your children create strong passwords for their gaming accounts. These can be as long as sentences with up to twelve characters with spaces which help make a password extra strong. Focus on making them positive sentences such as ‘I love white chocolate’ or something that is a happy thought.
Participate and play with your Kids
The reason why most kids are led astray is due to inadequate parental guidance. The main reason for this is as they feel that parents do not approve of their gaming choices and as most parents, do not encourage gaming as a whole. Thus, children are forced to hide their love for gaming from home and resolve to use dodgy sources and modes in order to access them. Thus, most parents do not even know their child is at some corner café playing games with friends on a school day. It is important to let your children know that you do not hate their choice in gaming and even if you were never a pro-gamer, try to participate and join in on the games with your kids. This is an effective way in which to monitor them and still have fun and connect with them.