How parents and teachers can overcome the downsides of online gaming amid the COVID-19 pandemic

New Delhi | Jagran Press Office: Online gaming is booming in India and people of all ages are now drawn to it, thanks to the digital revolution across the country which has given them access to gaming computers and record keeping. digital. However, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, online gaming addiction has also increased among people, especially children.

Looking at this, the Union Ministry of Education has released a series of tips for parents and teachers on ‘Safe Online Games for Children’ to enable them to educate them for the necessary actions, ensuring use effective in overcoming all the disadvantages of online games.

“Online games can be found almost anywhere on all gaming platforms such as PCs, consoles and mobile devices. Online games can be accessed using a phone or tablet, which is a common factor in online game addiction as children can easily play games anywhere, anytime, affecting their time for their school and their social life, ”says the notice.

“However, online games have many disadvantages. Playing online games leads to severe gambling addiction which has been considered a gambling disorder. The game is designed so that each level is more complicated and complex than the previous one. This causes a player to surpass himself to progress in the game, “he added.

Here is the complete list of dos and don’ts for parents and teachers to follow to overcome the disadvantages of online gaming:

To do :

– While playing online games, if something is wrong, immediately stop and take a screenshot (using the ‘print screen’ button on the keyboard) and report it .

– Help your child to 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.

– Activate parental controls and security features on the device or in the app or browser, as this allows you to restrict access to certain content and limit spending on in-game purchases.

– Notify if a stranger tries to strike up a conversation about something inappropriate or asks for personal information.

– Check the age of any games your child plays.

– In case of bullying, encourage not to respond 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 deactivate the game chat function.

– Play alongside your child to get a better idea of ​​how they handle their personal information and with whom they communicate.

– 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 that has features like monitoring, logging, and controlling what types of content kids can access.

– Teachers should keep an eye 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 made aware from time to time about the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet.

– Teachers should train students in the secure configuration of web browsers and web applications.

Not to do :

– Do not allow in-game purchases without parental permission. To avoid in-app purchases; OTP based payment methods can be adopted according to RBI guidelines.

– Avoid registering credit / debit cards on subscription apps. Place an upper limit on spending per transaction.

– Do not let children buy directly from the laptop or mobile they are using to play.

– Advise children not to download software and games from unfamiliar websites.

– Tell them to beware of clicking any links, images, and pop-ups on websites, as they may contain virus and damage the computer, and may contain age-inappropriate content.

– Advise them not to give out personal information on the Internet when downloading games.

– They should never share personal information with people in the games and on the game profile.

– Advise them not to 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 them. ‘other players.

– Advise them not to indulge in gambling for long hours without taking a break due to health and addiction aspects.

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Aalok Sensharma

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