Family Discussion Guide
Staying involved is the best way for you to understand the games your children are playing. Here are a few questions for you and your kids to get the conversation started.
- What are their favorite games, and why?
- Which games are on your children’s wish list(s)?
- Which Rating Categories are OK for your children to play, which ones require permission, and which are off-limits? Don’t forget to give them your reasons, too!
- Are there specific types of content or Content Descriptors that are off limits?
- Do any of the games your children play include online multiplayer features? If so:
- Do they need?permission before playing online?
- Are there rules regarding with whom your children can play online?
- Have your children ever seen or heard inappropriate behavior from other players?
- Do your children know what to do and whom to contact, if they’re being bullied or harassed online? (If not, check here.)
- Do your children know to never give out personal information online?
- Have you set parental controls on your family’s video game system(s), mobile device(s), and computer(s)? If so:
- What’s the highest rating allowed?
- Have you set restrictions on in-game purchases, time spent playing, internet and browser access, or with whom your children can play online?
- Are there other house rules regarding which games are allowed, when, and how long they can be played (like number of hours each day, only after homework and chores, etc.)?