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Video Games For Kids; Best Ways To Supervise

Updated on July 30, 2015
Best Ways To Supervise Your Children's Video Gaming
Best Ways To Supervise Your Children's Video Gaming
Super Mario Maker - Nintendo Wii U
Super Mario Maker - Nintendo Wii U

Super Mario Maker is an upcoming game for the Wii U, The game will foster creativity in children and adults as well, such as the famous Minecraft. allowing players to create and share their own 2D Super Mario Levels.

 

Safe Video Games For Kids

According to a recent survey conducted by a popular gamers retail store, 40% of parents do not know what to do when choosing a game title for their children and that this is more complex than it seems.

Apps creators add extra game content as the game progresses and of course, so they charge an extra amount of money that parents do not know until the time comes. This was one of the main issues that drew the attention of the Office or Fair Trading (OFT) on children's inexperience, gullibility and vulnerability that is exploited by game developers.

Since then, Apple's App Store has changed the description that appears on the shopping button on the games incurring expenses from "Free" to "Get". Google did something similar, App Store which now uses "Download" and Nintendo sets their free games like "Free to Try".

Following the path charted OFT, the Competition and Markets Authority extended his report with a guide to warn parents about the need to check the device settings before delivering to their child and always keep monitored the bills.

Now videogames are required to inform parents about all the information concerning the game, where they can also express their doubts and leave their complaints before the child begins to play.

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Violence in video games

Violence in video games
Violence in video games

When selecting a game with content appropriate for their children, violence is a recurring phenomenon. The main problem in this regard is misinformation, as long as PEGI is available (pan-European game information), Zero, ESRB, etc., with which this kind of entertainment system are classified and displayed next to the box or online in the description of the Apps.

In this regard we have the opinion of Dr Jo Twist, one of the CEO of UKIE (AskAboutGames.com) where they offer guides on high-demand video games. In his opinion, parents should take the trouble to understand what each game is about before it gets into the hands of children.

They must pay attention to the age ratings that appear in each game, since video games have become an integral part of childhood the commitment of parents is required to ensure wholesome entertainment.

Minecraft
Minecraft

The infinite possibilities in Minecraft just got bigger! The gaming phenomenon comes to the console with new features designed specifically for Xbox 360. (safe for Kids)

 

New options for parents in Google services

Google Play Store now has new advantages for parents to find games, videos and applications that are safe for your children and everything easily.

With the inclusion of a filter named "Family" in Store sections Movie & TV, games and Apps, you can search for all content according to a certain age, lean on the new star rating system to find the best content and pages with the best brands of children's products.

According Eunice Kim, who is in charge of Google Play products, parents can locate in the Play Store other interesting offers like family trips as well as filter options using the interests of their children. Users can find more information about the apps and content you have on Google Play, so they can choose the best option for the family.

Many parts of this process are not only specific features of Google Play, as from the month of March, the company announced some of these changes on its Android platform with respect to the games and Apps, ensuring that this new era begins in your operating system.

What other benefits will have the new system?

A role for parents where they can verify whether this App has ads. In addition, as part of monitoring or control they were going to be able restrictions on downloads, streams and purchases of all content available to children.

Some brands such as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, SpongeBob SquarePants, Peppa Pig and Sesame Street's Elmo have their own pages on Google Play and in each of these have recommendations about movies, ebooks and apps that are safe for kids.

The competition continues...

While these changes will be welcomed by all parents, it is not 100% Google Original idea, in fact, is quite similar to the one which Apple launched in 2013 with the Kids category, which is available in its App Store. On "Kids" category are also available Apps filters by age and shows highlights the best collections of the most famous brands.

These new improvements in this aspect follow "YouTube Kids", The App launched in the US to offer video approved for all ages. This service is not required to sign and offers no comment section, is the family version of YouTube.

LEGO Jurassic World - Xbox 360 Standard Edition
LEGO Jurassic World - Xbox 360 Standard Edition

"Relive key moments from all four Jurassic films: An adventure 65 million years in the making - now in classic LEGO brick fun!" (Safe for Kids)

 

What Games or Apps Would You Recommend For Kids?

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