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Computer games can be great fun for children, but there are several risks involved, which you can reduce with the correct approach.

Research game websites that are specifically there for children and get advice from people you trust about those that their kids use.

More and more children – especially older ones – are playing online multiplayer games, even though many have age certificates. You may be able to monitor and control this, but if your child is at a friend’s house, you may not know what they’re playing with.

Talk to your child about why games publishers put out games for people of certain ages … to protect them from things they would be best not to see. Talk to them about communicating with online strangers in games: even though they may seem friendly, their motives may not be. If they play games that involve buying and selling ‘in game property’, there’s a risk of fraud, as many parents who have had their credit card maxed out have found.


These pages have been compiled with the kind assistance of  Norton and  Neighbourhood Watch