Video games can be a great source of entertainment and learning for the whole family, but it’s important for parents to fully appreciate what the experience of playing games today encompasses. Many games include social and interactive elements like chat or online competitions; others can be expanded or altered by downloading player-created content on the Internet. As parents, it is up to us to be informed about what and how our children play and to make appropriate choices on their behalf.
Parental controls are available on all new video game platforms, letting parents exercise even greater control over the games their children play. And when it comes to games that are played over an Internet connection, being informed about the tools at your disposal can be crucial to ensuring that your children are safeguarded from inappropriate content and encounters with other players that you would prefer they avoid.