Published on September 20th, 2019 | by Sunit Nandi


How Parents Can Protect Their Children When Playing Mobile Games

The topic of children being allowed to play mobile games is one of the most controversial subjects. Mobile games have been proven to have immense cognitive health benefits for your child, some of which include, improves coordination, problem-solving skills as well as boosts their concentration levels. So much so, since we live in a digital era, it is advisable to let your child know more about how the smartphone works as well as how to use the internet the right way. However, we cannot ignore the fact that the internet is not a really safe place; more reason parents need to take the necessary measures to ensure that their children are protected when playing the mobile games.

Below are some of the ways you can protect your children’s safety:

1. Research more about the games before allowing your child to play

There are a plethora of mobile games available today, some of which are child-friendly while others are not. The first thing you need to do as a parent is research on the games that your young one seems to be interested in. So much so, you can also go a step further and log into to find games that your child will enjoy playing and at the same time learn from them. Be sure to confirm the age restrictions of the games and also ensure that your child is not exposed to violent games at their young age as it directly affects their behavior.

2. Inform your child about the risks

As a parent, it is crucial to talk to your child about the dangers they might face while playing mobile games. Keeping in mind that some of the games are played while online, ensure that you enlighten them more about their online safety. Let them know that they should never share any personal information with strangers no matter how friendly they might seem to be. Also, agree on time limits with your child to prevent them from spending all their time with their eyes glued on the mobile phones.

3. Play with your child

Yes, it is okay to let children figure out how the mobile games work by themselves, but, you need to join them when they are playing once in a while. Sometimes, you might think that your child is playing mobile games only to find that they are communicating with a stranger who has ill intentions or that they are on another site that has adult content.

4. Limit access to various sites

Fortunately, you can always set age restrictions on some of the sites that you feel your child should not be exposed to. This, in turn, helps your child not to divert and go to other sites while playing mobile games.

Take away

In addition to the tips as mentioned above, ensure that you are keen to identify any behavioral changes your child might be showing; and if they are negative, seek to know their root cause and address them immediately.

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