Online Games – Are They Family Friendly?

The majority of parents would love to spend quality time with their whole family. Adults, teens and younger children getting along and having fun seems such an ideal image. As parents, my wife and I have that same desire for our children, but we sometimes need a little help in achieving that goal. Games are one way of providing that help.

Online games are sometimes labeled “family friendly”, whether they are played directly over the internet or are downloaded to play at home later. Sometimes they are called “family safe” or even just “family games”. When I look at them I ask myself, ‘Are they really family friendly?’

What does the term “family safe” mean then? It can สล็อต be described as affirming those values which are held by the majority of parents. For example, illegal drugs, gambling and excessive violence are generally not tolerated as being okay for children (or many adults). This doesn’t mean that there is no violence, though. As long as it is only animals or aliens that are being shot at or harmed (and not humans), the level of violence is seen as acceptable.

While “family safe” is a term that tries to address the moral values that many parents support, the term “family games” is less precise and may include things that anyone in the family may enjoy. Often, these activities may promote values that are immoral or illegal in the real world, such as speeding on public roads, destroying property or acting the part of a criminal.

Another aspect to consider is that most internet-based “family games” are played solo. One player competes against the computer or against a high score, with little real social interaction. They rarely encourage people to interact and play together.

If these terms are not really adequate descriptions of the sort of entertainment we want our families to play, what should we be looking for in “family friendly” games?