Family Gaming Guide
Video games are more popular than ever and it’s never been tougher for parents to keep up with what their kids are playing and with whom. That’s why we’ve created this user-friendly guide to help provide you with the key information you need to manage their gameplay experiences and keep peace of mind.
Gamers in the Home
For families with multiple kids of different ages, managing access to appropriate video games can be a challenge. Establishing different age-based rules for each child is recommended. It is also recommended to ensure that younger kids are not using older siblings or parents’ accounts. Most devices enable parents to set up distinct accounts for each child to help you enforce each of their rules.
Here are some general recommendations based on age range:
Encourage kids to sign out of their individual child accounts when they are finished playing video games. This way, older kids can enjoy the content they’re allowed to play without accidentally leaving it accessible for their younger siblings. If the video game consoles are in a common space like the family room, you may want to consider a household rule to make sure younger kids don’t walk in on a game that they’re not ready to see. Fortunately, virtually all modern devices have the ability to connect headphones, so if there is mature language or trash talk in a game, encouraging your older child to wear a headset helps ensure the younger ones in your household do not overhear potentially inappropriate audio.