If you hate the fact that your child spends most of their free time playing computer games, then you will hate it even more after reading this.
While the old classic type of games like Tetris and Super Mario Bros are not much to worry about, what you need to worry about is online gaming.
If your child is an online gamer then they could be in danger.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) have warned that online gamers are the biggest target for cyber criminals. With criminals particularly targeting the in-game chat services.
A report by TechCrunch stated: “Once the intruder gains access to victims’ credentials, they not only siphon the financial data related to the account, but also take advantage of the possible assets stored in the account.”
The TRA also warned all smart mobile and device users about playing online electronic games that request for their geographical locations, which could be used against them for criminal activities.
According to a TRA statement, games including the like of Pokemon Go “invades the privacy of users and allowing criminal elements like hackers to spy on them and know when they are in isolated places – giving them the opportunity to rob them of their possessions or cause further harm.”
In-game chat allows gamers to interact with each other through voice or text features – whether connected as friends or not. However, most gaming companies are allowing players to block or report certain members.
Top Tips For Parents Of Online Gamers
Do not interact with people they don’t know or trust.
If your child feels uncomfortable or suspicious get them to inform you ASAP.
If you suspect foul play report it to the authorities.
Inspect your child’s gaming account periodically and make note of any irregularities.
Educate your child on the need to be more aware and to be wary of strangers.
Protect You Child On Social Media
The TRA advises parents to “avoid compromising their privacy on social media through the use of strong passwords, carefully reading the terms and conditions for granting permissions to smart phone applications, and reminding children not to accept friend requests from strangers.”
The authority particularly discourages sharing their geographical location, personal information and photographs on devices connected to the internet to protect them from blackmail.