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Playing Safe Online, Useful Information for Parents

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This is our guide to the wide range of information and advice about online safety for families. This complements advice about how to use parental controls to set limits on behaviour, with helpful guidance and good practice for video games use. It also provides a starting point for when things go wrong.

For information about ensuring in-app purchases are appropriate in your family Ofcom has an excellent set of videos.

The best place to start is with the UK based bodies and video game creators.

Particular video game providers also give advice and guidance about safe ways to enjoy games online and offline:

If you are after more information, or perhaps a second opinion it is also worth spreading the net wider. Although some of this wider information is aimed at non-UK territories, it still provides some excellent advice.

When something does go wrong you can usually report the issue to the website or online service in question.

If you have found any other useful information online, do leave a comment and we'll update our list.

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Andrew Robertson
Andy Robertson is the editor of AskAboutGames and has written for national press and broadcast about video games and families for over 15 years. He has just published the Taming Gaming book with its Family Video Game Database.