Gaming consoles have been around since the Magnavox Odyssey was released in 1972, and these days they’re staple in most homes. Each new release of the PlayStation, Nintendo, Xbox and indie gaming consoles like ouya, mean the way gamers game is constantly changing. Along with the growing number of consoles, there’s also an increase in the number of online-only games made for children.
Do all gaming consoles connect to the internet?
Nearly all new consoles on the market connect to the internet. This means they can also be used to play movies, stream videos, listen to music and talk to people.
I’m concerned about the content my child is accessing on their gaming device, what can I do?
Every major console has in-built parental control measures to help you and the family have a safe experience. Some of these include:
- Creating family safety features
- Restricting the age range for the play back of material like games and videos
- Limiting the amount of time the console can be used on a daily or weekly basis
What can I do to keep my family safe when gaming online?
No platform will ever be 100% safe, so it’s important to take a proactive approach when your child is online.
- Talk to your child about your expectations about how they should behave online
- Check in with your child regularly about the types of games they’re playing
- Get to know the games your child is playing – even better, ask your child to show you how the game works
- Get familiar with the parental controls available and explain why you’ve decided to use them
- Keep passwords for your console and its account safe and ensure they are strong
- Talk to your child about the type of information they need to keep private – e.g. where they live, the school they attend, their real name etc.
- Make a plan about what kids should do if they come across unusual behaviour and how to identify it
- Learn how to report players or profiles and teach your child how to do the same
- Contact Netsafe on 0508 NETSAFE for further help and advice