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Apr 22, 2021
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Sophia Clark

Online Gaming Risks Your Kids Should Know

First, we all love games. We all grew up playing games. The game was one of the parts of our life. From playing indoor games to outdoor games, every person has known the feeling of winning and losing in a game.

The Risk That Children Must know

The parents must know about the risk of Online Gaming. After that only they can convey to their child about it and control it in some measures.

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1. Online Game Addiction

Have you ever seen a child who has extreme game addiction?

Game addiction affects them mentally and psychologically. In the study done it is found that gaming addiction causes

● Depression

● Headache

● Personality disorder

● Low self-esteem

● Introvert

● Less social

● And anxiety disorders

This is what happens if you don’t set a limit for a child. The child must know the effect of online gaming in-game that affects physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

2. Malicious content

The Internet has a lot of content worldwide. There is much malicious content even if you don’t try to view those contents. The malicious content might include content such as violence, crime, sexualized content. These harmful contents affect the child's mind, emotions which bring negativity.

When a user logs in, they ask to enter the personal information. They use this information to send advertisements or inappropriate content, use the content to share your private information with others.

3. Risk of privacy

Every piece of information that you enter is not private. Many people try to obtain your personal information. Personal information: address, location, contact number may be used inappropriately. People with wrong intentions can use your data and information to harm you.

A child must be made aware of privacy and its importance using online games.

4. Risk of Chatting

Newly advanced technology helps to connect with everyone. Previously the game was not advanced but nowadays we can connect with everyone. From a known friend to an unfamiliar person, it has created a medium to connect.

But these mediums are not good for the child. As it may connect with different strangers through chatting. Chatting contains text chatting and voice chatting. This may often lead to

● Harassment

● Bullying

● Exploitation

5. IN- App Purchase

IN-app purchase includes the purchase of additional games. All games are not free. To earn revenue, the company puts additional content to users which can only be used after purchase.

It might not be intentional. Your child might mistakenly click while playing a game, when they try to update a weapon, avatar, trying to level up, or when they are stuck at a certain level. This unnecessary cost may be a burden to parents. Parents must make children aware of unnecessary costs.

6. Theft

Mainly, online games are risky. The chances of theft are likely to happen. Identity theft and Credit card theft is possible in the game. Credit card theft steals all your credit card information and makes a purchase online. Identify theft steals all your information and uses it to make a new credit card or false identity id.

Make sure that it doesn't keep your bank account saved on any device.

7. Computer Viruses

Viruses are attached with files. The viruses are attached to obtain all your personal information on the web. This makes way for credit theft and identity theft.

A detailed explanation about Virus should be given to all children.

8. Poor Eyesight

The children must know that a longer period of gaming affects their eyesight. If you don’t want to wear thick and big glasses don’t spend too much time playing the game. The regret comes when you are an adult. Play the game by setting a limit.

Ways to Control Gaming Risk of Your Child

The parents must act in this. Even if the child is made aware the child may not be able to control their gaming habits. Some ideas for controlling gaming risk are:


1. Parental Controls

The parental control software can help to monitor your child’s gaming activity. Parents can restrict the access of content to their children. It is one of the most beneficial mediums to monitor your children's activities and remove harmful and unwanted gaming activities.

2. Engage in Outdoor Games

Staying at home doesn’t make your child smart. The child's mental capability, the problem-solving capability are not boosted by staying at home. Try taking your kid to play an outdoor game, try them to engage in playing outside. This helps them to relieve emotional stress, tension, mood changes. It helps to boost immunity and health.

3. Online Safety

Teach your child to maintain online safety by changing your password frequently. Enable firewall to maintain security in computer. Teach them to not open the link or download any files.

4. Engage them in Leisure Activities

Give them fun in entertaining ways. Engage them in activities that help them physically and psychologically. Activities like:

● Swimming

● Dancing

● Singing

● Chess

5. Set Games Limit

Put a schedule for game timing. Only give them a maximum of one hour for gaming. Try to check them frequently. Don’t buy them personal mobile phones and laptops.

6 . Enable Software Security

Double Checking is always beneficial. After parental control tries to maintain all the software security. Updating the software security, operating software, and firewall settings can filter out the virus and malicious contents.

7. Limit Personal Information

Personal Information should not be revealed in social media and gaming. The basic information such as name is sufficient. Other than that other information should be prohibited by parents.

8. Research the Game your Child is Playing

The parents can research the games. Play the game to test whether the game is appropriate or not. Then only allow the child to play the game. If the game is good enough for them they can play alongside the child to make them feel happy.

If the parents play with the child they feel happy and whenever they download the next game. They will ask their parents to participate. These help the parents to be updated about their child

9. Reach out to your Children

Act like a strict parent when they are not obeying you but also act like a friend when they need. Ask them what they are going through. Are they having any stress, problems? Is someone bullying or harassing them?

Reach out frequently as possible. You do not want your child to go in the wrong direction so even if you are busy, reach out to them.

Gaming Doesn’t Always Harm

If gaming is done by setting limits. It doesn’t harm or causes a risk to anyone. The study claims that playing video gives cognitive benefits:

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1. Problem-Solving

Brainstorming Games helps in developing brain capability. When you use your brain frequently, your problem-solving ability increases. There are many

Puzzle and pattern games

Math problems game

Reading games

General Problem Solving Games

2. Memory

While playing games there are a lot of things that a player must remember. From the rules of the game to playing technique, the player needs to memorize all this content. As a result, memory power tends to increase.

3. Improves Concentration

Gaming needs a lot of focus. Otherwise, your enemy will not give you mercy. This helps in improving focus and concentration. The building of concentration helps in improving concentration in study.

4. Coordination

Games are played with friends and team. Playing games with your friends builds teamwork and coordination. Some people find it difficult to work in a team. Those people can benefit from playing games.


The game has become an integral part of our life. Everyone has played a game in their lifetime. Gaming if done within the limit, it becomes a source of learning to enhance skills and developing memory. So, set up limits and schedule.

But if you are a game addict then it causes negative effects and consequences. A child must be mainly careful because on the internet there is a lot of malicious and harmful content. Parents must be careful and apply different ways to protect them. Parents must teach their children about gaming risks.

● The use of parental control software

● Not giving them their own devices

● Enabling protection software

● Updating all the software and application thoroughly

● Checking their child frequently

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Sophia Clark

Sophia Clark is a writer from Sydney, kid-lit enthusiast, and mom of three kids who loves to writes about motherhood, parenting, and big feelings.