Gaming Safely – a guide for Parents and children
Ever been playing an online game when suddenly someone starts saying bad things? Use the ‘print screen’ button on your keyboard to take a screen shot of the foul language and report it to the website. Use your shot as evidence.
Netiquette Keep it positive!
Online games sites and forums are not the place to hassle other people. ‘Flaming’ or ‘trolling’ others is irresponsible and wastes people’s time. Keep your conversations and posts positive.
What does your gamertag or username reveal about your true identity? Make sure it doesn’t give away any personal information such as your name or location. Go undercover and use a nickname instead!
Your Xbox 360, PS3, or Wii could be subject to online invaders! Make sure your parent or carer checks security settings on your console before you go online.
Study the rating of an online game carefully, often they will let you know if it suitable for someone your age.
Read the terms and conditions of the sites that you use and check if there are special safety features for kids.
Set-up your user profile to include appropriate language and game content for someone your age.
Make sure your parents or carers know your gamertag and how to access your online account so they can help you if something goes wrong.
Set time limits for yourself – you could use a mobile phone to set an alarm to keep to your limit.