With the holidays over and tons of kids getting an IPOD Touch, PS3, XBOX-360, and PSPs, parents should realize what these game systems give their kids access to. Here a few things you should know about the game system your child is using.
4 Parenting Tidbits About Game Systems:
WITH INTERNET ACCESS, KIDS HAVE ACCESS TO INAPPROPRIATE WEBSITES
Yep, word is that kids are using these devices to go to naughty websites – right under their parents noses. Due to these possibilities our game systems are located in places where everyone is able to see what is being played and how. Although, honestly I don’t have access to my son’s IPOD touch, but there are also free naughty downloads parents should watch out for on those devices and I do a spot check on my son’s device to make sure he hasn’t added anything inappropriate.
HOURS of PLAYING ONLINE
Now with many of these devices my kid can play online gaming. He doesn’t even hang out at friends houses as much anymore because he can play games with them online. Even speak to them via his head piece while they are playing. These games are highly addictive, even my daughter and son were logged in (and PS3 does a great screen split for multiple players).
TEACH YOUR KIDS SAFE GAMING HABITS – THEY ARE ON THE WEB
When playing online gaming kids meet other people all over the world. Make sure you let them realize that PREDATORS hang out online in all forms, and meeting someone through gaming is a high possibility. Most boys can be approached in this manner and let them know that if someone wants to chat off the game website, don’t follow up with them. It could be a form of manipulation from a predator.
BEST WAYS TO GET IN ON THE KNOW
Play with them. Yep, I said it, play video games with your kids. Even though you are not that good, they will still enjoy it, and you will learn all this great stuff about gaming that you would never learn without spending quality time hanging out in your kid’s haunts. Besides that, they love it when you watch them play too! So grab a joystick and get to practicing your gaming.