Talk about gaming risks:
Keeping personal information private to stop strangers from contacting them outside of the game
Being aware that not everyone online is who they say they are
- Keeping it positive when it comes to language and interactions with others to avoid incidence of bullying
- Share Internet Manners guide with your child for support
- Recognising when they’ve been playing too much ( i.e. feeling tired or angry)
- Managing the pressure to play inappropriate games that may feature content that may upset them
- Dealing with stress/anger while gaming by taking regular breaks and thinking before posting
- Being critical of spending money on in-game purchases that may result in skin gambling
Encourage them to seek support when they need it
Let them know that they can talk to you, a trusted adult, or childline if they run into any issues online
Share Stop, Speak, Support code
To help them tackle the issue of cyberbullying in gaming, share the Stop, Speak, Support code with them to help them know what steps to take to support someone who is being cyberbullied.
Discuss their understanding of themes in games
It’s important to talk about the tricky themes that are featured in games like violence, sex and gender representation, to make sure they have a real-world view when it comes to their understanding.