There is always so much in the press and on social media about how video games are bad for children. As well as how parents need to limit screen time for their children. Whilst I agree that children need limited access to screen time, I do believe it is like everything else in life – everything in moderation. I don’t, however, agree that all video games are bad for our children. Whilst they are sitting in front of their favourite game they are learning. From taking turns, hand and eye co-ordination and how to lose. As well as logic and problem-solving.
Recently the Boo Roo and Tigger Too household were invited down to London to attend the Playstation Family Day. An event which was designed to help parents understand that video gaming can be a great way for children to learn and have fun at the same time.
Whilst the parents were learning about the features that are included within a PS4, the children were accessing some of the latest game releases and even a couple that hadn’t quite been released. Tigger especially loving that he got to play on Skylanders Imaginators before the release date.
Did you know that the PS4 is more than just a gaming console, it also gives you access loads of ace entertainment apps, including Spotify, Netflix, Sky Go, WWE Network and BBC iPlayer.
Playing it safe
We all want to keep our children as safe as possible in all situations. The PS4’s parental control settings are designed to be as simple as possible to use and can provide the following safety features:
- Age ratings: You can set up the PS4 to play only games and movies that are rated below a certain age limit.
- Internet access: You can tell the PS4 to block unsuitable websites – or you can disable the internet browser altogether.
- Messaging: Disabling text and voice messages will prevent your kids from chatting to anyone online.
- Money matters: Setting up a sub-account for your child means there’s no need to worry about big bills because you can set a monthly spending limit. Plus, your kids will only be able to download content that’s suitable for their age group.
A Parent’s Guide to Playstation
Please take a look at the ‘A Parent’s Guide to Playstation‘, which is a guide from the Kids and Parenting Showcase host: Ellie Gibson on parental safety and gaming.
For more information visit PlayStation.com/parents
Disclosure: We were invited to attend a Playstation Family Day FOC for which we received a goody bag, we weren’t asked to write about the day but I thought it would be great to share with you the knowledge I gained.