Online Gaming

Kids OnlineOkay, friends I need your help.  Do you have kids who play games online?

I have allowed my Son (12) to play this game called RuneScape.  He and his best friend play this game together online.  It is considered a fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG.)

How long do you let your child play their online games?

Situation

My Son’s friend’s account was hacked into.  The friend assumed my Son was the one who got into his account.  As an act of revenge, his friend figured out my Son’s password and sabotaged his account.

Mom, why would I go into my friend’s account and make it where he can’t play with me anymore?  If he can’t play, I don’t want to play.  He’s my friend, I wouldn’t do that to him.

He says this with tears streaming down his face.  Oh my goodness…all this from this online game.

I believe there are ways to hack into people’s accounts, but not only did this hacker end up messing up 2 boys accounts, he might have messed up a friendship.  How very sad.

Is there a way to prevent a hacker from getting into your game account?  If so, what is it?  I want to prevent something like this from ever happening again.

Life lessons,

Comments

  1. Linda from the Edge of Nowhere says

    Have the friend over and teach them how to play Monopoly or RISK . . . I know I’m old school. Truthfully neither of my kids play online games, nor do they have cell phones for texting friends. They do e-mail with friends, but they can only check it once per day. This really is sad for your son and his friend.

  2. I have to say that for me as a parent we cannot prevent our children from experiencing life in ALL its glory and trials. I think we spend a little too much time trying to prevent disappointment and not enough time doing damage control. I had plenty of troubles like this when I was a kid and that was WAY before cell phones and online games. Trying to stop every hurt and heartache before it happens is one of the most damaging things we can do to our children. It causes them to have completely unrealistic expectations about life that one day will slap them in the face.

    I have to say I also disagree with with-holding modern conveniences from your children. Teaching them how and when the appropriate times to use them is much more productive for them and will prevent them from a ton of resentment and possibly rebellion.

  3. Erin, you bring out a very good point. Unfortunately, I don’t like to do damage control. However, it is extremely important to let our children experience natural consequences to the choices they make. This insures ‘real life’ prep for life, I believe. I remember many times as a child wishing my parents might make a problem go away for me. I realize now, being a parent myself, that it’s not their job to make it go away. It’s our job as parents to teach our children how to problem solve and work through the hurt and emotion. Thank you for reminding me, Erin, that there is only so much I can do to protect my children. We have to experience the sorrow to know the good.

    I completely agree with the importance of teaching our children etiquette when it comes to modern conveniences. Furthermore, I too, agree that with holding modern conveniences will bring resentment and rebellion. I have repeated the phrase many times to many people, “moderation in all things.” I would have to say that it is probably my motto. Finding balance in life is {very} difficult, but with time and practice {& God’s help} we can achieve.

    I so appreciate your remarks today, Erin.

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