Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality (VR) technology opens the door to a whole new level of immersive gaming experience.

So, how does it work? A VR gamer typically wears goggles which generate realistic images and sounds to make them feel as though they are ‘in’ a digital 3D world, by blocking off the sights and sounds of the outside world.

Age guide

Most VR systems are recommended for children aged 12+. As with any game played on a gaming device or console, it’s wise to do some research and check classification to see if a game is suitable for your child. Common Sense Media also provide extensive guidance on games.

What to look out for

  • Besides requiring hardware, for example a gaming console or PC, most VR systems require additional accessories to play, such as controllers, headsets with microphones and cameras or sensors.
  • Multiplayer online games connect players across the globe. Be aware of who can chat with your child and the conversations that can take place within these games.

How to stay safe

  • Encourage regular breaks throughout the play period to ensure a healthy balance of activities for your child.
  • Make sure your child has a safe space to play, where they aren’t likely to trip over wires, furniture or other people.
  • Set boundaries around the times and areas in the house devices and consoles can be used.  
  • Use the parental control measures available on gaming consoles to help ensure the whole family can safely enjoy all the positive aspects of online gaming.
  • Remain engaged in your child’s online lives and let them know you’ll be there to support them if something goes wrong online.