Appropriateness, Chat & Screen Time (A.C.S)
When considering if a certain game is right for your child, parents need to consider these three key factors before letting kids play. Firstly, parents must consider the Appropriateness of the Content. If the actual content is not age-appropriate (eg. violent, profanities, sexualised content, etc) then the child not be playing. Secondly, parents must know if there are in-game chat functions. Any game with chat is a gateway to strangers. Parents need to learn how to turn the chat off, or restrict it so that chat is just amongst friends. Lastly, screen time needs to be considered. Many popular games are what we call 'Sandbox Games', where players can continue to play infinitely (eg. there's no endpoint). These types of games create vulnerability to screen time issues. Parents need to adopt strict screen time limits with gameplay to help teach kids and teens how to regulate the time they spent online gaming.