online gaming

With the ever-growing popularity of games such as Fortnite, more young people than ever are gaming and using these platforms for socialising as well as playing. This obviously leads to increased risks as they connect with more people online who they don’t know in real life. Gaming offers the perfect environment for grooming, where players are so distracted whilst focusing on the game that they unwittingly give away far too much information about themselves, they are also more likely to build bonds over shared interests. It is vital for young people to understand the risks involved when gaming online with people they don’t know. We work to educate them to remember not to share personal information with people they don’t know and to remember that an online friend is not the same as a real-life friend.