Tips on How to Handle Online Gaming from the Digital Joneses

The Digital Joneses—our year-long program featuring prominent bloggers and their families—continued sharing their experiences and insights about living in a digitally-connected household.

Today's households often have smartphones, consoles and Internet-enabled devices available to kids, giving the gaming industry access to more users than ever. From obscene language to online predators, children are exposed to a whole new set of threats on an often overlooked platform. That's why the Digital Joneses families explored how their families handle online gaming, and shared tips on how they keep their kids safe online. Here's what they had to say:

"When it comes to video game consoles or devices, it is a lot more difficult to control the content and the interactions. Video gaming is active. Not only do you have to ensure that your child is playing age-appropriate games (be sure to check the ESRB rating), you need to be sure that the people that they are playing with are known, trustworthy and not potentially dangerous." > HighTech Dad

"So how do I stay involved in terms of our oldest kids? I find they do like to talk about what's going on in their games and that desire to share their accomplishments with someone who will listen (coupled with implementing some basic rules and safeguards) works for us. By simply taking an interest in their favorite games, I've found myself able to keep up fairly well on how long they played and with whom." > And Twins Make Five

Download our Online Gaming Safety Tips to make sure your family stays entertained without being exposed to being exposed to threats.

View our new Digital Life E-Book, "Level Up and Secure Your Online Gaming Experience."

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