I need to know about online gaming

Another resource provided by the Australian Communication and Media Authority‘s Cybersmart website is about online gaming. Covering both video games and gambling, this resource includes information on

  • knowing the basics and
  • protecting yourself

Read the whole post here.

Online gaming – five ways to strike a balance

Late last month, ACMA released a post on ways families can strike a balance in the use of online gaming. Author Stephanie Brantz, an ambassador for the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association explains:

We all want our kids to learn about their online rights and responsibilities. Like most parents, I am very busy and, as much as I am a multi-tasker, I cannot constantly be hovering over the computer screen 24/7 watching what my kids are up to. We parents need to help our children find a balance between enjoying online video games while being safe.

Tips include:

  1. keep them close
  2. lay down the law
  3. support role
  4. fantasy names
  5. know the territory

Read the whole piece here.

Technology in kids’ bedrooms lead to poorer health, study suggests

A recent study conducted by the University of Alberta, Canada found that

Children who bask in the nighttime glow of a TV or computer don’t get enough rest and suffer from poor lifestyle habits.

A provincewide survey of Grade 5 students in Alberta showed that as little as one hour of additional sleep decreased the odds of being overweight or obese by 28 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively. Children with one or more electronic devices in the bedroom—TVs, computers, video games and cellphones—were also far more likely to be overweight or obese.

Read the rest of the brief report here.

Smartphones and video games ‘help parents bond with children’

The Telegraph newspaper (United Kingdom) has reported on a study that finds that many parents and grandparents who play video games with their children and grandchildren say that their understanding of new technologies and time spent playing games has helped them cement their relationships with their offspring.

Parents can often learn from their children in these instances while modelling good digital citizenship for their children.