In a McAfee survey it was found that 61% of kids play games online, including multiplayer games. This can be a great way to connect with friends but you also open the door to cybercreeps and cybercriminals that may want more than just to play games.
Very few parents realize you can disable chat features and web browsing on your game systems but even if you did, your kids will probably find a way around them.
We recently learned of a case where a man was luring kids to play on his team on an Xbox game with the promise of helping them get prizes or to get to another game level. He was trying to trick them into giving him their names, email addresses, and other information. Experts believe it may have been for social engineering. So you are better off, having a talk about it.
Cyber expert Theresa Payton offers 5 Quick Tips to Keep Your Kids & Your System Safe:
There are several resources online for game system owners, we have listed 3 official sites for your reference:
Parent Tips: http://www.nintendo.com/corp/parents.jsp
Game System Virus Tips: http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/wii/en_na/onlineFirewall.jsp
Parent Tips: http://us.playstation.com/support/parents/index.htm
Game System Virus Tips: http://us.playstation.com/support/answer/index.htm?a_id=937
Parent Tips: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/support/familysettings/
Game System Virus Tips: http://support.xbox.com/support/en/us/nxe/default.aspx
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