The central government has issued a notice for parents and teachers on best practices to ensure children maintain safe practices when playing online games. According to the opinion, “playing online games without restriction or self-limitation leads many gamers to become addicted and are ultimately diagnosed with a gambling disorder. Gaming companies also emotionally force the child to buy more levels and force almost in-app purchases. ”
The advisory suggests that children should not communicate with strangers, including adults, via webcam, private messaging or online chat, as this increases the risk of contact with online abusers or bullying. from other players. “Advise them not to give out personal information on the internet when downloading games. They should never share personal information with people in games and on the game profile,” he said.
Children are also advised not to purchase a game app without parental consent. To avoid in-app purchases; OTP based payment methods can be adopted according to RBI guidelines. Avoid registering credit / debit cards on subscription apps. Set an upper limit on spending per transaction, ”according to the notice. Parents should supervise their child when playing an online game. “Don’t let kids buy directly from the laptop or mobile they are using to play. Advise children not to download software and games from unfamiliar websites. “” According to the advisory.
Parents are also urged to protect their child’s privacy online. “While playing online games, if something is wrong, immediately stop and take a screenshot (using the print screenshot button on the keyboard) and report it “, can we read.
Here are the tips to follow-
- Help your child protect their privacy online, ask them to use a pseudonym (avatar) that does not reveal their real name
- Use anti-virus / spyware programs and configure web browsers securely using a firewall
- Enable parental controls and security features on the device or in the app or browser, as this will restrict access to certain content and limit spending on in-game purchases
- Notify if a stranger tries to start a conversation about something inappropriate or asks for personal information
- Check the age of any games your child is playing
- When bullied, encourage not responding and keep track of harassing messages and report the behavior to the gaming site administrator / block, cut or remove that person from their player list, or turn off chat in the game a function
- Play alongside your child to get a better idea of how they handle their personal information and who they communicate with
- Help your child understand that some features of online games are used to encourage more gambling and spending. Talk to them about gambling, what it is and its consequences both online and in the physical world.
- Always make sure that your child accesses the internet from a computer placed in the family space
- Install a home Internet gateway with features like monitoring, logging, and controlling the types of content kids can access
- Teachers need to keep tabs on declining grades and students’ social behavior
- If teachers observe anything that may seem suspicious or alarming, they should immediately notify school authorities.
- Teachers should ensure that children are educated from time to time about the pros and cons of the Internet.
- Teachers should train students in the secure configuration of web browsers and web applications.
Applicants can view the detailed notice on pib.gov.in.