Gaming and gambling
18-24 year olds are the age group at the highest risk of developing a gambling problem.
For most people gambling isn't a problem and they are able to keep it under control.
However if you find it difficult to stop or do a lot of gambling this is when it becomes an addiction and also put you into debt. For advice on dealing with a gambling problem visit:
Dealing with debt
If you are stressed or worried about being in debt get help and advice at the National Debtline website.
Call National Debtline on 0808 808 4000.
Gaming can be a positive way of staying connected with friends, but their are also some things you need to be careful of when gaming. We have gathered the below tips to stay well and safe whilst gaming
Tips to game safely and keep the parents happy!
Take breaks when gaming:
- Before logging on check you have done schoolwork and have no chores that need doing - to avoid your parents nagging you.
- Take regular food and exercise breaks away from the screen - make sure you pause for meals, and that you are doing enough physical activity outside in between games.
- Allow time to wind down before sleep - blue light from screens can interfere with our sleep so log off 30 minutes before you go to bed.
Setting up safely:
- Get your parent or guardian to help you set up your privacy settings
- Use a strong password when creating your account
- Keep your passwords and login details safe
- Know how to block and report people
- Choose a username that does not tell anyone your personal information like your full name, where you live, the school or sports club you go to. That way, if someone makes you feel uncomfortable, you can block them and not worry that they can find you again
- Think about using an avatar instead of a photo. People can find clues in photos to find things out about you
- Don’t buy anything without asking the person who has to pay for it.
Connecting with people online:
People are not always honest about their age or who they are. Things to look out for when connecting to people online:
- Asking you to chat with them on a private social media app
- Asking you to keep your friendship a secret from your family
- Asking you to share personal information like where you live or which school you go to
- Giving you lots of compliments or offering you gifts
- Offering help or cheats with a game to build your trust or in return for a favour
Think carefully about who you connect with and chat to online, and block and report anyone who is mean to you or makes you feel uncomfortable to a trusted adult.
- Meet up with people you have met through gaming without your parent, guardian or a trusted adult knowing.
- Share photos or personal information with anyone you have met through gaming.
Keep your personal information private, and think carefully about what you upload or share to people online.
Before live streaming:
- Check privacy settings to see who your video will be shared with, ideally only share with your friends and followers
- Switch off geo-location settings on the app, device or platform you’re using so you don’t reveal where you are
- Think carefully about what you say, as the video will be online even after the live broadcast is finished
- Remember live videos can be recorded and shared without your permission.
For further advice check out these Childline gaming tips
If you are worried about the way someone has been communicating with you online visit: www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre
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