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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTo explain why children are absorbed by online games and provide recommendations how parents should act to make games for their children as safe as possible a special guide for parents «Children and Online Games» is now available. The guide compiles recommendations from industry professionals and children.

Online games are any type of computer, console or mobile video games that use the internet to connect to other players. They can have different genres – role playing games, adventure, racing games, action, simulation, sports games, so-called e-sports and others. Online games have become a major part of lives of children and youngsters around the world, as reported by Drossinternets.lv representative Kaspars Līcītis.

Data from a study shows that 44% of Latvian youngsters admit playing online games at least once a week.

Opposite to parents’ belief, children stress that games affect their lives positively. For example, 68% of respondents believe games help them improve their gaming skills and learn something new. For example, children claim that playing video games helps improve English language skills, because most popular video games are in English. Additionally, many players communicate with one another in English, experts say.

«I believe online games will not harm children as long as they maintain a balance with other daily activities. However, it is a good idea to devote time to games once homework and daily chores have been done. There is also the need to perform regular physical activities and spend time with friends and family. It is the parents’ job to help children find a healthy balance,» stresses Drossinternets.lv manager Maija Katkovska.

Some parents often react emotionally when facing problematic situations and turn to radical measures – prohibit children from playing and create problematic situations. «Many parents do not even consider that online games can be a great way to maintain contact with children. This is why fathers and mothers alike to not be strangers to their children and ignore this ‘silly activity’ – playing games – but instead look to what games are played and discuss it with their children from time to time,» explains Katlovska.

Children also expect their parents to be more interested in their children’s interests on the internet to at least have a basic understanding why it is important for them to play online game. Children would be happy and thankful to their parents for providing support in problematic situations. For example, too much gaming could mean children have to deal with serious problems in their lives (problems at school, lack of social contact with others, conflicts with other children, or even loneliness and isolation), Drossinternets.lv representatives say.

The guide «Children and Online Games» will help parents not only understand why children spent time playing video games but also help find points of contact with them to agree on rules and encourage responsible gaming, experts stress.

The guide was made through joint efforts of Latvia’s Drossinternets.lv and Telia Company.


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