What you should know about group chats

In-game chat is a crucial aspect of online multiplayer games. It enables players to coordinate swiftly with their team using the game’s built-in chat functions, either through voice (using a headset) or text. While playing in a team can be exhilarating, it’s essential to recognise potential risks associated with in-game chat:

  1. Social Interaction: Online games are social activities, and chatting is integral for achieving objectives or connecting with others. Players talk to each other through various channels:
    • Built-in open chat: Voice or text communication within the game.
    • Quick chat functions: Pre-set phrases for short messages.
    • Platform messaging: External apps like PlayStation Network or Steam Friends & Chat.
    • ‘Ping’ systems: Non-verbal communication to alert teammates about items or hazards.
    • Chat or messaging apps: Discord, Twitch, or WhatsApp.
  1. Potential Risks:
    • Players may encounter strangers who misuse in-game chat, exposing them to harm or risk.
    • Aggressive behaviour can occur, especially in ranked matches.
  1. Parental Measures:
    • Stay Informed: Understand the games your children play and identify potential risks.
    • Regular Chats: Discuss games, chat interactions, and friends with your children.
    • Family Controls: Use in-game settings to manage, limit, or disable in-game chat.
    • Play Together: If possible, play games alongside your children to monitor their experiences

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