Online games where you chat and play with people you don’t know can be great - but there are risks too.
Sometimes it’s easy to get so involved in a game, that you feel like you'll do anything to win, or get to the next level. It’s easy to become addicted, so try to take breaks and keep realistic.
Remember that no one will die in real life if you don’t win and that there are other things you can have fun playing offline.
Adults with bad intentions know that loads of young people use gaming sites, so sometimes they pretend to be young people too.
Make sure you remember whilst playing, that people are not always who they say they are.
Be careful that you don’t get tricked or blackmailed to give out any personal details like:
- your IM address
- your email address
- your photo
- your real name
- where you go to school
- use a nickname as your username/ character name
You don’t need to share personal information to enjoy the game!