The Rajasthan Government, under the guidance of the Central government, issued a list of dos and dont’s to be circulated among the teachers and parents. This is to ensure a safe online gaming space for children, and also to curb the habit. After the blanket ban on the very popular mobile game, PUBG Mobile, this step from the governing body shall be looked upon as a positive step towards the acceptance of the presence of video games in the society.
Rajasthan Government to combat growing addiction of children towards video games
The guideline forwarded to the Rajasthan Government by the Central government mostly had it’s points based upon the technical aspect of gaming, and how authoritative figures like teachers and parents should be technologically adept at monitoring a child’s presence on an online gaming platform.
An important aspect that the guidelines raised was for parents to keep track of the behavioural patterns of their children in the games they engage in. To take a few examples, prevalent battle royale titles like Call of Duty Mobile and Battlegrounds Mobile India have a lot of in-game items that can be bought with actual money.
Among other points of consideration, parents are requested to keep a watchful eye if their child is engaging in such practices which shall result in spending without limit in-game.
There is also the case of identity theft, even in the domain of online games. Parents should inculcate in their children the implications of why they should not be sharing personal information such as area of residence, unique identification numbers, house address and personal numbers, in order to provide for their children a safe gaming experience.
The guidelines by the Rajasthan Government
- Avoidance of sharing original identity and using a nickname or in-game name rather than the actual name
- Check age rating of the game and making an informed choice whether your child should be playing a game.
- Educate your child regarding the system of online spending in certain online games and make them realise what’s responsible behaviour.
- Ensuring that your child accesses a computer or gaming device through a safe place in the purview of the family.
- Imparting proper education to students regarding safe access to internet and appropriate online behaviour on applications.
Parents should make sure that their children while playing any online game should not –
- Share personal information to strangers on online gaming platforms or applications
- Allow registration of debit or credit cards without prior permission, and only under parental guidance.
- Support mindless spending of real money on online games and applications; parental guidance to be required at all times to avoid irresponsible behaviour.
- Allow children to keep playing video games for hours at a stretch unrestricted. Not taking breaks in between gaming sessions at such a young age shall harm a child’s health adversely.