How to Keep Kids Safe in Multiplayer Games

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Between work, school, extracurricular activities, playdates, and more, it can be hard to find time to truly understand what my kids are going through. Their brains are occupied by their social lives, activities, and video games that they don’t always have the time to share everything they need to share. 

And while I'm aware there are many social benefits and health benefits to gaming, I want to make sure my kids are safe while they are playing. To calm my nerves and to let my children continue playing video games, I took steps to ensure they were staying safe in multiplayer games. 

Here are the ways I have kept my children safe in multiplayer games. 

1Familiarize Yourself With the Games Your Children Play

Before or shortly after your children begin playing multiplayer games, sit down with them so they can show you the game. It's great bonding experience, and nine times out of 10, your child will be thrilled when you show interest in video games and they will be excited to teach you. The best way to learn is by playing with them. You can also find information online about different video games like Fortnite and Minecraft.

2Help Them Set Up Their Accounts Safely

Your child might feel the need to lie about their age when setting up their account, which can negatively affect them. Help them set up their accounts so that you are aware of what permissions they are giving to the game, what the chat permissions are, and who is able to send them private messages. Ensure that they don’t give out personal information and that they create user names that are not personal to them in any way. 

3Discuss In-Game Communication With Your Children and the Risks

It’s important to explain to your children that if they are playing in multiplayer games like Minecraft, Roblox, or Fortnite, the game is open to everyone. That means there will be children younger and older than them, as well as adults in the game. Players will be of varying abilities and in many cases will exhibit toxic gaming behavior. Understanding what these toxic behaviors look like is important for your child. They should understand that they should never leave a public chat to speak with a stranger in a private chat room and never give out private information. They should be aware that hate speech is not tolerated in video games and that they should speak up if they hear it. This is just the start to helping your child understand the risks of in-game communication.

4Use a Software To Help Keep the Lines of Communication Open With Your Children

While you can’t (and your child won’t let you) stand over them every second they are playing to monitor their in-game chats, ProtectMe by Kidas can. I signed up for a free 30-day trial to see if the ProtectMe software would help keep my children safe in multiplayer games. 

I rely on ProtectMe by Kidas to send me weekly reports about my child’s gaming behavior. When they come in contact with an online threat such as cyberbullying or a scam, I am alerted and given resources to help me take action and discuss the threat with my child. In addition to the threat alert, each report includes a summary of their weekly gaming time, their most played games (so I can keep up to date on what they love), and resources to help me better understand my child’s hobby and ways to keep them safe. I am able to better understand the situations they encounter while playing PC video games and to have conversations with them we otherwise might miss out on.  


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Bottom Line

While my kids will continue to grow up and develop new hobbies along the way, I'll continue to look for new ways of communicating about the tough things. Keeping the lines of communication open with our children helps get them through difficult times. Now, I have peace of mind knowing that I have taken the step to keep my children safe in multiplayer games which allows them to continue doing what they love. 

Tags: Activities for Kids, Motherhood, parenting

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Jenna Greenspoon

Jenna is a mom to 4. She is passionate about writing and making life a bit easier for moms everywhere by sharing her tips and tricks! See Full Bio

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