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Gaming Sites

Thanks to technology, we do not have to be professional football players to play football, or train as a professional dancer. We can just indulge in the World Cup game or learn a new dance routine all in the comfort of our living room or bedroom.

Most young people have consoles such as Xbox, Wii or PlayStation that enable you to interact with other players and play games with friends – and complete strangers.

Top Tips on Gaming safely

  • Ensure you only play the online games suitable for your age group
  • If another player is behaving badly or making you uncomfortable, block them from your players list
  • Report poor behaviour to the game site operator
  • Keep personal details private
  • Respect others in the game
  • Be aware of game classifications and age restrictions
  • Never click on any links promoting other websites

Gaming sites can be very addictive and can seriously affect your school, family and social life. It is important to have an ‘online – offline life balance’ so monitor your gaming activity and limit the time you are online and make time offline for your friends, family and other activities you enjoy.

Protect Yourself

Many games that you can play online are above your age level and intended for an older audience .This can not only expose you to bad language, sex scenes and violence but also exposes you to older people who may assume you are the same age as they are. This has the potential to introduce you to older adults who are far more experienced in playing games and places you at risk of being groomed or bullied.

You may find yourself getting involved in a situation that you do not know how to get out of. Levels of games are set for a reason and it is advisable to take note of them in order to safeguard yourself.

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Need to talk?

If you are being bullied or are concerned about someone who is, you can receive help and support from one of our trained Mentors through our e-mentoring service.

If you would like a Mentor to email you, please contact: mentorsonline@bulliesout.com

If you would rather speak to someone over the telephone, you can call Childline on: 0800 1111

For any community-related issues, such as anti-social behaviour, we would suggest contacting your landlord, the local police or your local environmental health department (where applicable), as we are unable to deal with these types of complaints.