Online gaming is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of entertainment in any household. It is the modern way to help gamers connect with each other across the globe. Online gaming is now so popular that there are worldwide online competitions and tournaments better known as eSports, and are quickly becoming a renowned sporting event.
There are hundreds and thousands of games to choose from with online capabilities on many different platforms giving the option for everyone and anyone to play. With the internet and gaming online being so easily accessible and rapidly growing for all ages in 2021, it can become overwhelming to keep up with who you or your child may be talking to and playing with.
Online privacy has been a controversial subject throughout the internet since it was created. Now with online gaming attracting a younger audience, and with growing news of cyberbullying and users being manipulated through scams, it’s always best to know exactly how you can protect your child, brother, sister and friends to keep them safe while playing online.
What can you do to help?
With a plethora of platforms to choose from and with seemingly unlimited options to help boost your online gaming experience, it can be hard to keep up with different system settings that help set up and track your privacy online. Here, we go through a couple of the most popular everyday household console settings to get you on the right track from the start.
Firstly, go into account settings. Here you can restrict any child’s account individually, or you can use the family settings feature, which will allow you to set different restrictions for multiple accounts. This is ideal if different family members use the same console.
You can also use the handy ‘Xbox Family Settings’ App to set restrictions for multiple accounts and keep track on the go.
Like Xbox, Sony is well versed when it comes to setting up online privacy. There are two types of accounts: adult and child accounts.
Adult accounts are intended for users over 18 and give more freedom, while child accounts are for those aged 7-17. The advantage of a child account parents is that it must be set up by an adult using their own account. They can then control the child’s account and limit what they can see, play and do with the console.
Using a PC to game has its advantages when it comes to privacy with more settings and controls. To limit internet access on a Windows 10 computer, you will need to set up Microsoft accounts for yourself and your child. Next, select ‘Parental controls’ and the option ‘Help protect your kids online’. This will allow you to set up parental filters to automatically block access to any inappropriate websites and allow you to block or unblock any individual website of your choosing.
Please note that it’s very challenging to shut down all ability to communicate on a PC. Most games in the current era require an internet connection to enable play. While your computer is connected to the internet, it’s important to keep it monitored as much as possible and to try to keep on top of what your child is seeing online.
Online gaming is growing and has become vast. It can be daunting for even a seasoned user. With the correct knowhow and keeping up with current tech trends and settings online, it is becoming easier to keep your children safer as they play. Huge tech companies are always abiding by the evolving rules and regulations, as they find new ways to keep you protected whilst you and your child play.
Stay safe and stay knowledgeable and have fun.