Kids & Video Games – Finding Age-Appropriate Ones For Your Little Ones

Kids playing video games

Sooner or later, your kids are going to become interested in video games. This is pretty much unavoidable these days as the tech used to play games is pretty much everywhere we turn. There are now so many gaming apps that have been created for smartphones that you can even play a game on your phone while you are on the go. This then creates a problem for parents as they have to work extra hard to protect their kids from games that may not be age appropriate or suitable.

Are you worried about the risks that video games pose to your kids? Here are some ways you can find out which ones are the most age-appropriate for your little ones.

Look At The Ratings

Every game will have an age rating. This is a legal requirement, just as it is with movies. Most age ratings for video games will be similar to the ones that are given to films, so you should find them easy to understand. So, if your child asks you about a game, take a look online and make sure that the rating is appropriate for your child before you buy it.

Read The Reviews

It’s also a good idea to read some of the reviews for a game before you buy it. There are now lots of websites where consumers and customers can leave their thoughts and opinions. Most of the time, these reviews will be about the quality of the gameplay, but you might notice that some people will mention whether the game was given a suitable rating or not. Thankfully, most parents like to flag this and any other potential problems for kids in their reviews so that other parents can get a heads-up.

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Play Games Together

The best way you can find out whether or not a game is suitable for your child is to play along with them. You never know, you might find out that you actually really enjoy playing the adventure with FFXV strategy game with your kids, for example! Sure, you won’t enjoy every single game that they do, but you just have to watch them play for twenty minutes or so to get a feel for the game and its content.

Limit Gaming Time

Many experts are currently researching video game addictions. Some believe that prolonged periods of playing these kinds of games can quickly become addictive, and some players have trouble switching off. Obviously, you don’t want your kids to become addicted to their Playstation or computer, so it’s important that you limit their gaming time, even if you are completely happy that the games they are playing are completely age appropriate.

No Needs To Mean No

You will have to be firm with your children not playing any games that are too mature for them. Even if they continue to complain and beg you for a game, you need to put your foot down – no always means no!

Hopefully, this blog post will ease your age-appropriate video game worries!

 


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