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,