Resources & information about gaming


From socialising online to in-game purchases to the future of interaction, find out everything you need to know about online safety in gaming


As with any form of technology or online space, adult offenders can use gaming platforms to target children and build relationships with them. This article explores the different elements of gaming and how they can be used by offenders, and what you can do to support your child whilst gaming.

UK Safer Internet Centre

In this Blog Childnet Education Officer Georgia offers advice about gaming and chat within games. UK Safer Internet Centre will answer some of the questions they get most frequently asked by  parents and carers about helping their children navigate the internet.


ParentZone have produced a useful resource to help your child enjoy the positives and avoid the downsides of in-game chat.

Internet Matters

Online video games can be a way to help support your child’s learning and teach them key life skills. Get insight on how some gaming benefits young players’ development.

SWGfL explore Skin Gambling and some considerations for  parents and carers.

Internet Matters gives advice about the benefits of epsports along with top tips to help support your child.

The UK Safer Internet Centre have written this article to lay out all of the key information about loot boxes, what they mean for young people and their online safety, and what you can do to encourage safe and responsible usage. In video games, a loot box is an in-game purchase consisting of a virtual container that awards players with items and modifications based on chance.


Just like encouraging them to read books on different themes and topics, enabling children to explore a wider range of games beyond the most popular ones contributes to positive gaming.


Working with Barclays Digital Eagles, Internet Matters have produced this guide where you can find out more about the types of in-game spending that children can be exposed to when playing their favourite online games.


Find out what ESports is, why it's so popular and how can you can keep a young ESports gamer safe online.


Here’s everything you need to know for you to keep up with the positives of these communities while ensuring that children stay safe.


This blog looks to cover the key things parents and carers need to know about virtual reality, as well as some considerations about keeping your children safe when using VR.

Internet Matters

Internet Matters games hub takes you through the basics along with risks, benefits and things you can do to keep your child safe as they play.


Guidance to parents about Fortnite, looking at what the game is and some of the things to be aware of.

Fortnite continues to be one of the most popular games around the world with 80.4 million monthly active users. Chapter 3 Flipped includes all the features that makes it so popular and introduces new elements to keep it interesting.

Tips and advice for keeping children safe on Minecraft

Here’s what parents need to know about the game – and how they can help their child have safer, more enjoyable gaming experiences when playing.

Top tips for parents to help young people stay safe on Roblox.

Guidance what parents should know about Twitch.


Three years after Pokémon Go was released in the UK, the game’s creators have released a new game set in the magical world of Harry Potter. Find out what parents need to know.

Everything you need to know about the Battle Royale game


AMONG US is a betrayal based party game set in space with a group of four to ten explorers. Find out what the game is all about and what parents needs to know.

Everything you need to know about Moviestar Planet


Rocket League is a popular game from Epic Games available for free on a range of consoles and systems. You can set Rocket League parental controls in-game to limit spending, manage who can contact your child and more


Palworld is a new action-adventure survival game, available on Windows computers and XBOX Consoles. Childnet have produced a guide for parent and carers.


Devices & Consoles


The Press Start for PlayStation Safety interactive quiz is designed for parents and guardians to complete with their children to learn how to make the most of PlayStation safety settings for safer gaming. Encourage healthy competition to see who will come out on top as Online Safety Champion!



From its fun and colourful roster of games to its unique design, the Nintendo Switch is often seen as the family-friendly console.

Here’s what you need to know.


Gaming can play a huge part in young people’s identity and it’s important that we find ways to protect and encourage the healthy parts of it, while also being mindful of the possible risks.


Find out how to set up and manage the new X Box Series X console safely for your child.


Find out how to set up and manage the new PS5 console safely for your child.