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Safety tips for online gaming for children and teens:
Keep the gaming console and computer in a common area of the house so that you can more easily supervise
Observe the games by playing them or reading about them before you allow your children to play them
Help your children to choose screennames that do not include any personal information or inappropriate words
Talk to your children about not giving out personal information in gaming chatrooms, message boards, or by voice-enable chat
Be aware that your child could be exposed to inappropriate language and messages and could also be threatened or harassed
Participate by playing games with your children. It’s a fun way to ensure their safety and learn what they like to do
Set rules, including how long children may play, who they can play with, and what types of games are appropriate
Check out rating systems to help you decide which games to allow in your home
Acquire a voice changer/masker that will disguise the voice of your child or teen to better protect their age and gender identity
You have the right to choose what your children are exposed to. If you don’t feel comfortable with something, don’t buy it for your child
The safety precautions you have established for your children for computer and Internet usage should also apply to online gaming.
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