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6 ways to ensure video games are safe for children

Posted on 5th August, 2013 | filed under Featured, Yano Life

Still from Halo computer game

How to protect your children from extreme violence on their computer screens

1. Always check the age classification of a game and its subsections of content: violence, bad language, fear, etc.
2. Research the game and, ideally, play it yourself.
3. Play with your children, talking to them about which games they play on their own and which they play with their friends.
4. Online games can involve downloading extra content – this needs to be monitored.
5. Online computer games (also multi-player aspects of console games) involve interacting with other unknown players. Stress the importance of not disclosing personal information.
6. Many higher-rated games have some sort of parental lock or control for levels of blood, gore and intensity. Use it!

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6 ways to ensure video games are safe for children was posted on 5th August, 2013 by Piers Townley under Featured, Yano Life

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Piers Townley

About the author: Piers Townley

When Piers was 10, his dad asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. He thought about it for three seconds and then stated categorically that I wanted to be a fighter pilot. Thirty one years later and he's been blessed with making journalism a career that has included writing about flying a fighter jet. He's travelled the world writing about ridiculous adventures and interviewing his heroes of cinema, music and popular culture for Loaded, Sorted magazine, teen lifestyle mag Flipside and a host of national publications and international websites. Children never crossed his mind. Then, with a few ‘worthier’ commissions under his belt, including childbirth fatalities in Africa and infant poverty and reportage stories from Nepal and Peru, he found himself in a long-term relationship. Fatherhood came with sheer joy, fear and daily trial by error when Jake was born. Now his younger sister Willow is approaching her second birthday, Jake’s just started school and suddenly his life is complete and full of daily learning. 'Fatherhood is the best experience,' says Piers, 'above and beyond flying the fighter jet.'