In recent weeks of emergency activities and schools Covid-19, more and more people are finding video games to have fun, learn, practice, or just distract from the current situation for a while. In many families, children and young people use them for entertainment and socializing with their friends.
However, many parents are concerned about the video games their children play and the amount of time they spend in front of the screen. To help families better manage this situation, IIDEA launches the address book on its social networks #FamilyPlaying, a new initiative that the Association has thought of collecting and making available to parents a series of suggestions on how to use video games at home with their children. The column will be introduced with a video interview by Ivan Ferrero, New Media Psychologist, who will offer advice on how to choose video games, what they can teach and the importance of balancing the amount of time spent playing video games. and other activities.
« We hope that many Italian parents can follow our section, make sure their children have access to age-appropriate video games, understand how to use parental controls on gaming devices and manage their privacy and security. . online“He comments Thalita Malagò, Director General of IIDEA. ” In our opinion, it is very important, especially in times like the one we are all living in, that parents manage to find the time to play with their children or to talk to them about this form of entertainment that involves them so much. All of our research shows that families who play together and / or take the time to talk about video games with their children about their gaming experience have the healthiest relationship with video games, get the most out of parenthood, and have children. recess talks«
Through #FamilyPlaying, in particular, parents will have access to simple recommendations designed to help them protect their children, including:
Check the game rating (PEGI): PEGI (Pan European Game Information) is the video game rating system that provides recommendations on the recommended age and presence of certain content, which may not be suitable for a certain audience, for example in-game purchases, linguistic violence, fear, sex or discrimination. PEGI ratings are an integral part of the parental control systems of major platforms and it should be remembered that they indicate whether the content of a video game is suitable for a certain age group, and not for the level of difficulty of the game. can also use the PEGI app to check the rating of video games. The app allows you to perform an updated search in the PEGI database on the ratings assigned to video games and apps. The results can be filtered by age, gender, and platform to find the most suitable video game and have detailed information on how to set up parental controls on a range of devices. The PEGI app is also available in Italian and can be downloaded here: Google Play; Apple Store.
Use parental control systems: All video game consoles, mobile devices, and operating systems for PC and Mac are equipped with parental controls that allow parents to protect the privacy of their children and protect them online. With these systems, parents can
- Select which video games children can play (based on PEGI rating)
- Check and monitor all in-game purchases
- Restrict internet access by applying a filter
- Check the time spent on video games
- Control the level of online interaction (chat) and data exchange (text messages, user-generated content)
Stay up to date on available resources during the emergency: companies operating in the video game sector are doing everything, during this emergency period, to promote the security measures adopted by the authorities in their communities and several of them make available to players, families and teachers. The regularly updated list is available at https://taminggaming.com.
You can find in this list more information on how parental control systems work on different devices:
Smartphone and tablet
Google Play (Android)
- iPhone and iPad (iOS)
Educational games and software:
- Roblox introduced resources for distance education in game design and coding. The package includes: 1) a new distance learning resource that provides over 100 hours of ISTEE certified content that can be used to teach the fundamentals of game design and coding in distance learning environments; 2) a Roblox Studio webinar series with lesson plans for educators interested in teaching video game development; 3) a new Learn & Explore game to provide easy access to multiple educational experiences for children and teens on the platform.
- Microsoft has added new free educational resources to its Minecraft Marketplace.
- Rabbids Coding, a Ubisoft game that teaches kids ages 7 and up the basics of coding, will be free until the end of April.
Exercise games and apps:
- Niantic has updated its Pokemon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite mobile games to promote exercise at home.
- Nintendo has provided a free update for its Nintendo Switch Ring Switch Adventure fitness game that includes new ways to practice at home while having fun.
- Ubisoft will soon include titles from its Just Dance franchise on its list of offers and free trials.