Accompanying digital gaming

Children and young people have always adopted to the world in a playful way. Computer games also represent an opportunity to learn while playing, if the playing is appropriately conducted, supported and monitored by parents and teachers. Here are some tips and rules.
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Rules and tips for teachers, educational specialists and teachers:
Ask your students for their favorite games and let them describe or show you the games themselves.
Talk about the different age ratings with your students and discuss the respective classifications with them.
Show alternatives by actively using digital games such as serious games in the classroom and in support of learning.
Support parents in media guidance on computer games.
Observe your pupils and students in their computer use to identify a possible addiction.
Use technical possibilities to block certain applications, e.g. certain browser games. Have a conversation about this with your students.
Rules and tips for parents:
Show interest in the game worlds of your children: Try to play the games of your children yourself and let them explain the games to you.
Check content and legal age rating before buying a game. Orientation is provided by the PEGI age rating.
Check in particular browser games that have no ratings.
Set limits of use or “play times” together with your child. If necessary, use technical measures.
Pay attention to the respective game genre: Lengthy phases of game play are completely normal in certain games. Therefore, time-week budgets are suitable for computer games.
Exchange thoughts with friends, acquaintances and teachers.
Watch the game behavior of your child carefully to identify an early addiction.
Look at the educational suitability of games. Various brochures and Internet guides like our section “Fun games and protection of minors” offer helpful information. A practical list can be found on spielbar.de for example.
Further information
Here you find more Information about gaming and how educators can accompany it.