Keeping children safe while gaming
PlayStation Network (PSN) is one of many platforms that allows children and young people to socialise through shared play. It gives them a way to play, chat, create and share together while being supported with tailored safety settings to do it safely and smartly.
While it is widely accepted that there is a clear benefit of socialising while gaming, Internet Matters recognises the additional support that children and guardians need to do it safely – with the help of the ‘Press Start for PlayStation Safety’.
The content has been carefully developed so that it is relevant to a global audience, and has a downloadable certificate for passing the quiz, alongside a downloadable safety companion guide.
This comes as new research from Internet Matters of children aged 9-16 reinforces the important role that parents play in keeping their kids safe online – as 72% of those surveyed say they use a games console in a typical month.
The research also reveals nearly one in four kids aged 9-16 using a games console say they are not confident in knowing how to stay safe online. The biggest issues they face when using connected tech are spending too much time online (45%), spending money in games/apps (34%) followed by being contacted by strangers (27%).
More than eight out of 10 (83%) of children who play console games say they would turn to parents before anyone else for information about staying safe online – yet, tellingly, only 45% had done this after experiencing a problem online.
While only 61% of console players aged 9-16 say they would report content or users who make comments that are upsetting.
The purpose of the interactive tool
Ghislaine Bombusa, Head of Digital at Internet Matters, said: “There’s an increasing need to ensure young people stay safe online, whatever they are doing, and our research shows the majority of children would turn to their parents for help.
“Our interactive quiz developed in partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment makes it easier for them to know where to start to support positive experiences for their kids on PlayStation platforms.
“The tool encourages their involvement, making sure they are aware of the latest safety features and have the confidence to apply them in a way that works best for their family.
“It’s not just about how to set up parental controls, it’s designed to open up conversations around online safety and give parents more understanding about their child’s gaming experience.”
Catherine Jensen VP, Global Consumer Experience, said: “At Sony Interactive Entertainment, we champion innovation to create safe and joyful gaming experiences for our PlayStation community, including our youngest and most vulnerable players. We are committed to providing easy, intuitive tools and information to parents and guardians as they navigate their children’s gaming experiences. We are proud of our partnership with Internet Matters to further extend online safety educational resources around gaming to parents, caregivers and players.”
Parents can access the quiz here.