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Game Safe & Level Up

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Playing games is not only super fun, but it's also really good for building up some of your other skills. Games can teach you all sorts of things, like solving puzzles, making quick decisions, and using your imagination. It's like going on a learning adventure without even realizing it!

 

Many games have tricky challenges you need to solve. This helps your brain get really good at finding solutions to problems, just like a superhero detective. Some games let you build your own worlds or characters. This sparks your creativity and helps you think outside the box, like an artist with a blank canvas.

 

In multiplayer games, you team up with friends or players from around the world. This teaches you how to work together and be a great team player. It’s always a good idea to understand the difference between online and offline games so you know how to protect your privacy and avoid bad people online.

Level Up & Learn
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It's important to know that there are a few different types of games, and knowing what type of game you're playing can help prepare you for what to expect.

 

Single player offline games allow you to explore a game world without anyone else interfering with your adventure. You play alone, and the game doesn't talk to the internet. The good news is, since you're the only player, there aren't many privacy or security worries.

 

Multiplayer online games allow you to play with friends from all over the world. You team up, compete, or chat with others using the internet. Since you're playing with real people, it's important to be mindful of your privacy. A safer way to play multiplayer online games is to team up with your real world friends and play in your own group without strangers, like a secret online club!

 

Massively multiplayer online games, or MMO’s for short, are like super-sized multiplayer games! They have a whole city of players in a huge game world. With so many people, it's crucial to be cautious. Avoid sharing your information with people and be cautious of people offering to sell in-game items – these are usually scams!

Online v.s Offline
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A micro transaction is a small purchase you make within a video game using real money. It's like buying a special item, outfit, or currency in the game. However, micro transactions can sometimes be a bit sneaky.

 

Imagine you're playing a game, having a great time, and then suddenly, the game shows you a shiny sword that you can buy with just a tap. It looks super cool, and the game really wants you to have it. But here's the thing: the game might not tell you that you can get awesome swords and other stuff just by playing more and being patient.

 

This is where it can get a bit tricky. Games use bright colours, fun sounds, and cool items to make you really, really want to buy them. These tricks can make you want to spend money without really thinking if you really need that special sword right now.

 

That's why it's super important to pause and think. Before you tap to buy, use your critical thinking skills to ask yourself “can I have just as much fun without making a purchase?” And always, always talk to a grown-up before you buy anything in a game. They can help you see through those sneaky tricks.

 

So, remember, games are meant to be fun adventures, not a way for companies to take extra money from you. Stay smart, play wise, and enjoy your gaming journey without falling into sneaky traps!

What Is A Micro Transaction?
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You’ve learnt about online games, the difference between online and offline games and how to stay aware of the online dangers. Now it’s time to take some action in the real world!

 

Write a list of games you play and talk with your parents about which ones ask you to purchase in-game items and the ones that you play with other people online.

 

Now is also a good time to make some promises with your parents about how you will interact online with your games - Agree on a list of Do's and Don'ts.

Call To Action!
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