“[The] daily routine [for my foster child] was a short walk [and] the rest of the day…was unlimited Fortnite in his room. He speaks of several attempts of strangers trying to contact him via the game.”
(Ineqe Safeguarding Group Digital Safeguarding Survey, 2020)
The world of gaming continues to evolve with 93% of children now playing games in the UK. The move of gaming online has seen gaming platforms absorb many features normally found on social media. In doing so they have transferred and created a new set of risks in gaming that were previously unique to social media.
Previously games could have been played offline, but most games and gaming consoles require an internet connection. This has created a whole new world of online risks.
In this blog, we discuss the risks of gaming and how you can address them, to help protect the children in your care from online harms.
Our upcoming webinars on Fortnite: Battle Royale, Call of Duty: Warzone, FIFA 20, Discord and Twitch will explain how you can keep children safer while playing online.