Playing Online Games Safely
Many computer and console video games can be played online against other players over the Internet. Players are allowed to communicate sometimes using text messages typed into the computer and sometimes using a microphone. They share many of the features of online chat forums such as unfiltered discussions and anonymous players.
Online gaming is fun, but to be a smart gamer, you should follow these tips:
Understand the game's ratings, privacy statements and other related terms and conditions before joining online game community. Many (online) games now have a rating awarded by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB)
. Select the game suitable for you. You should also understand the privacy statements and how the game manufacturers or providers will use your personal information.
Online gamers are played interactively in real time. Bear in mind that other users may try to collect your information, commit fraud, or steal your cyber assets while you are playing. They may also use inappropriate language in communications and sometimes try to insult you and other gamers. If you encounter such situations such as offensive language from a gamer, you can "mute" or "block" them in most online games. Alternatively you may report the case to the game site master or seek advice from your parents and teachers. Learn to chat online safely
Be sure to agree a playing schedule and rules with your parents. Spending too much time playing online games will affect your health and impair your schedule for studies and other activities. Don't get addicted!
Never give out any real personal information to strangers. Choose a user name and create a personal profile that does not reveal any personal information
Make sure you keep your game software up to date. Most multiplayer games automatically update themselves before letting you connect.
Be wary about downloading any unauthorised program relating to the game.
Third party game plugins might provide extra fun and help to advance your game level quickly. However, in many cases, plugins contains malware
such as virus or Trojan horse
. Learn how to protect your computer
You may have played a particular online game for a long time and collected a lot of experience, points and assets in the game. These items become your property, and you have to learn how to protect your account and password
so that other people cannot break into your account and steal your stuff.
Online game characters and properties can become commodities and are traded in real world market, for real money. Find out how to trade properly and shop safely
in the Internet world.