GamCare Charity Publishes Parental Guidance on Gaming Safety

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Leading responsible gambling charity GamCare has published new parental guidance on gaming safety.

The charity has provided its recommendation to parents, having consulted research undertaken by the Universities of Newcastle and Loughborough, with regards to changing gaming experiences.

GamCare acknowledged that loot boxes has become a prominent subject matter for parents, regulators and its researchers in particular with regards to protecting young audiences from compulsive gaming habits.

“The young people who spoke to researchers as part of this project described disappointment, frustration, anger and regret at their loot box purchases, yet they were still driven to purchase again,” GamCare said in its statement.

The safety measures recommended by GamCare to parents and guardians include:

  • Disabling pop-ups within games
  • Enabling in-app and on-device parental controls
  • Setting passwords for in-game purchases
  • Restricting and /or disabling in-app purchases
  • Setting boundaries – for example a monthly spending limit, as well as a time limit per day for gaming.
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