Online games are played on the internet via a computer console, mobile device or application. What makes it different from more traditional gaming is the ability to play and communicate with other gamers online. Games can range from task/mission-based activities to sports-themed games and anything in between. Online games can be an excellent way to link up with people, develop teamwork skills and of course are a source of entertainment and recreation for young people.
Many of you will be familiar with the more traditional gaming formats where you buy physical games for popular consoles, such as Xbox, PlayStation or Nintendo.
There are many different forms of online games. These range from free games or apps that can be downloaded on mobile phones to games that can be played on internet-enabled consoles, for example PlayStation or Xbox.
Web Games and Apps: Games that can be played on the internet through specific websites, or through apps that can be downloaded to mobile phones. This type of games includes games played via social media services, for example via Facebook, which allow players to connect with friends.
Console Games: Games that are played via entertainment consoles, for example Xbox, PlayStation or Nintendo. Consoles are connected to TVs and games can be purchased in stores or downloaded online.
Mobile Games: Games that can be downloaded to your mobile phone. Many are free to play initially, however charges are often introduced within these games. For example users can sometimes pay to gain additional functionality to help them complete a game. These in-game purchases can normally be deactivated in the users’ mobile settings.
Handheld Games – Devices like iPads or Nintendo DSI’s also host online gaming.
Some online games may contain material or subject matter that you do not want your child to engage in. Also, the subject matter may not be age appropriate for your child and may contain violent or sexual images. All online games come with an age recommendation. To prevent your child from accessing inappropriate games, ensure parental settings are active on your computers/consoles and check the age rating here on the games your child is accessing.