Online gaming is now more accessible and social than ever. With the rise of multiplayer games alongside social networking in gaming, children and young people can not only speak to friends and family but also connect with people they may not know while they’re gaming.
Make full use of privacy settings to manage who your child can communicate and game with online. These controls aren’t a substitute for parental involvement, so it is important to keep talking to your child about online safety and how to deal with anything that upsets them or makes them feel unsafe.
Keep talking and stay engaged It is important to talk to your child regularly about what they’re doing online and make sure they know what they can do to keep themselves safe. Let them know they can come to you or another trusted adult if they’re feeling worried, pressured, upset, or unsafe. Children and young people can also contact or ChildLine for support and advice.