The internet touches every aspect of your children’s life. If you could look up an unknown word in a dictionary, your children are more likely to use dictionary.com. Where you use the phone, they use instant messaging. An even bigger difference can be found in the way they play. Where the games of their parents’ generation may have involved a game board, cards, or, in their more sophisticated form, a console system, the games your kids play online can be much more complex. They mine gold, spread empires, fight dragons and aliens alone or with tens, hundreds, even thousands of their playmates. All of this creates a confusing jumble of names, places, jargon and jargon that can leave you with no idea what your kids are actually doing and a vague feeling of unease that some of it may not be good for them.
What is appropriate for your children is a decision that only you can make. How much violence they are exposed to, how much time they spend in front of a screen, and how much contact they have with faceless strangers so common on the net are all questions you have to confront and ultimately decide for your family. While we can’t help you make these rough decisions, we can certainly help you get the information you need to better understand your children’s hobbies, both to make informed judgments about what they should and shouldn’t do, and to help you achieve another part of their life that may previously have seemed like a puzzle box of sorts.
The easy stuff
The simplest type of online game is the Flash- or Java-based type of game that you generally see running in your web browser. This type of game tends to be relatively simple compared to the stand alone games discussed below. Common examples include Bejeweled, Zuma, and Diner Dash. These games are almost universally single player and don’t have any kind of violent or mature content that keeps parents up at night. If they were movies, they would be rated G, with perhaps the occasional game extending to PG. If this is the kind of game your kids enjoy, first, be relieved. So, try the game. Many of these games can be a lot of fun for even the most casual gamer. Some, like Bookworm, even have authentic educational content. These games can be an opportunity to bond and learn as much as throwing a baseball in the backyard and have the added bonus of being much easier for your kids to sit with you and play.
First Person Shooter: Find something to shoot.
FPS stands for First Person Shooter. I’m the first person in the same since it could be a story. That is, the player sees the world through the eyes of a single character and interacts with the game environment as if it were that character. The shooter comes from the main goal of most of these games, to shoot whatever happens to be the villain. FPS games are among the most popular online. Common examples include Doom, Battlefield: 1942, and the X-Box Halo game. From a parent’s point of view, these games can be a cause for concern. They vary widely in terms of realism, degree of violence, language and general attitude. The only way to get a good idea of content issues is to look at the game in particular. If your kids don’t want you to watch while they play, start the game yourself when they’re not around. There is a noticeable variation in violence and how personal FPS content can be from game to game. The single-player portion of Halo, for example, has players battling alien invaders with largely energetic weapons and a modicum of realistic human suffering. By contrast, World War II themed games tend to go out of their way to show realistic violence. Given the argument, this is appropriate for play, but it may not be for your kids. Online gaming presents a potentially greater concern. The goal of online FPS games is almost always to kill other players.UFABET
While some games have various modes where this is a secondary objective, they all give the player a gun and encourage him to use it on characters that represent other people. Fake blood and the use of violence against others to achieve goals can be things you don’t want your kids to be exposed to. Again, these are your decisions to make, but we encourage you to make them with as much information as possible. Talk to your children. Find out what they think, in their own words, is going on in the game. Make sure they see the line between what happens in the