Hazards and risks of gaming

Computer and video games increasingly referred to by the English term “gaming”, are a popular pastime of children, adolescents, and young adults. The latest target group for the games industry are very young children who have an amazing affinity for tablet computers even in kindergarten. This is not without cause for concern, because the youngest in particular are very susceptible to hidden costs and unsuitable or child welfare content.

How can you judge which games are suitable?

Computer and video games and online gaming such as 918kiss Malaysia can harm children and adolescents. The glorification of violence, for example through so-called “first-person shooters” and the not inconsiderable addiction potential of games are risks to be taken seriously.

On the other hand, gaming can be recommended from an educational point of view; some games provide the basics for the later acquisition of technical and communication skills or are suitable for language acquisition.

 What types of games are there and what hazards do they pose?

The classic gaming genres include jump & run games. Here the character has to be controlled by running and jumping movements through the respective game segment. Similar to racing games, they are generally harmless.

Fighting games or beat them ups are usually brutal and not suitable for children and young people. Shooters/first-person shooters should be absolutely taboo. Here the player has to reach a certain goal and fight his way there with firearms. The pictures shown are sometimes very detailed and can disturb especially younger children.

With children and adolescents, it is therefore essential to ensure that the playing times do not get out of hand. Depending on the age, a playing time of 20 to 120 minutes per day is recommended as the maximum value.

What should you watch out for as an adult?

Make sure that the provider has all legally relevant information ready. Are the terms and conditions understandable?

Browser games and sports often require registration. Enter as little information as possible in registration forms. Check the privacy policy. Use secure passwords and do not pass them on to third parties.

For game subscriptions, check the terms of use and look out for hidden additional costs. Even offers in which players can put together better equipment with apparently small amounts are often cost traps that children feel naive about.

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