I watched my second grader chatting with someone on a teacher-approved online game—one we paid money for. “Who are you talking to?” I asked her, thinking it was a classmate. “I don’t know,” she said. “Just some person playing.”

Eek! Just some person? This was a wake-up call for me; I had let down my guard on games I thought were “safe.” But let’s get real. If they’re online, no games are truly safe. The thing is, we can’t look over our kids’ shoulders all the time. These games aren’t going anywhere and a lot of kids use them to socialize. So let’s keep them as safe as possible with these 5 things to teach your kids about gaming safely.


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