Many people like playing games. Playing a board game at home with friends or family is fun and safe. Playing online is a different matter – you need to think about how to keep safe. Hayley, a volunteer with AbPhab reports.
Playing online games is fun but please make sure you are as safe as possible.
- Always use a nickname name when you go online. Never use your real name.
- A lot of people like playing online games that involve talking or chatting to people you don’t know. Be careful about what you say. Don’t tell them things like your real name, address, birthdate or other personal details. And never give out your password. Giving out personal information can put you in danger.
- If you’re playing a game online, and it has a chat room on it, be careful. People can lie about who they are and where they are.
- If you are talking to someone on a headset, be aware that they can record your voice.
- It is safest to talk online to those people who you actually know and see in your everyday life.
- Never send threatening messages to anyone. You can get into trouble with the police.
- Always respect the privacy of your friends and treat them with respect
- If you have children, make sure you look into parental controls. These will help your children remain safe.
- If you are a child, talk to your parents or carers about controls.
- Take lots of breaks from online gaming. It’s good for your mind and your body to take a break from screens.
- Make sure you are having fun. Don’t let online gaming make you sad or unhappy or make you miss out on other fun things in life.
- Always report bullying. Report it to the site, your parents or carers or report it to the police. Report bullying so online gaming is safe for everyone.