What Do I Need to Know About Multiplayer Games?
Multiplayer games (technically called "massively multiplayer online games" or MMOGs or MMO for short) let kids play against their friends and other people they meet on the game network. Most of these sites allow for instant messaging and conversation through headsets. Players are supposed to be 13 to register for an account. Some MMO's are free and some will need a credit card (yours, most likely) to play, so that's a good time to check the age-appropriateness. Also, look at the privacy settings the site offers, and talk to your kids about responsible online communication. Read through the site's "parent section" if it has one. Beyond that, the major issue with online gaming is the time they require -- be sure to set time limits. —Common Sense Media
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