COVID-19 has literally driven everyone onto the digital platform. From work to education to entertainment, anything and everything is branching onto online practices.
While a mere 7% of U.S. employees worked from home before the pandemic, 64% are now working from home, according to statistics collected by TalentLyft.
Having the flexibility to work remotely is a great way of adapting to the current situation. But one of the biggest challenges faced by parents working from home is being able to manage their children, who are also housebound.
Keeping track of screen time is tricky as it is without COVID-19 adding to our problems. As a parent, monitoring what games my children are playing online is a constant source of concern. From privacy policies to webcam worries to hidden fees, you need to be vigilant of what your children are playing and the information they are entering. And I know many parents will agree with this.
To make things easier for you, I’ve compiled a list of secure games your children can play, even without your supervision. Now you have one less thing to worry about during the pandemic.
1. Just Dance 2019
As one of my personal favorites, this is one of the best online games for children of all ages- and adults! Besides the fact that your child will be moving around and burning calories, they’ll be having loads of fun.
Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2019 is the latest version of the Just Dance franchise. If you’re feeling nervous about the online mode where players around the world will be dancing to the same song at the same time, don’t.
Rest assured that there’s no verbal or visual communication between players. Just the top dancers’ scores are available in real-time, making the game genuinely competitive.
2. Star Battles
Have you been dreaming of escaping your living room sofa? It’s time to board the next spaceship.
This simple and fun space game by Unlimited Gamez Mo is a classic hit among youngsters. They get to pilot their own spaceship through the galaxy. But watch out. You don’t want to collide with enemy ships or any of the other objects floating around. Getting bored is not an option. Children can complete missions and unlock additional levels for hours on end.
Ready for an outer space adventure?
3. National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids is one of your best go-to options. Renowned for its footprint in the educational world, you couldn’t have asked for a safer way for your kids to play -and learn- online. The platform offers a variety of content. However, it strongly promotes a game-based learning style that your kids- and you- are sure to enjoy.
One of the good things about National Geographic Kids is that children are playing by themselves. So you don’t have to worry about them talking to strangers online. From quizzes to action-adventure games, there are various games that will keep children of all ages entertained for hours. And let’s not forget that they’re also busy building a strong academic foundation.
4. Super Bomberman R
Wait, isn’t that a game from the ’90s? I remember playing it on my PC in school.
This is the newer version of the game where you need to place bombs strategically within the maze. Players can play solo or with local players, teaming up with up to 4 people. But the real fun starts online, where eight players get to battle it out. Besides, communication is limited to the console’s built-in voice chat. But you can easily disable that option.
Let the craziness begin!
If your child is a fan of Super Mario Bros and Minecraft, they’re sure to love this game. Terraria is a unique 2D action-adventure sandbox game developed around exploration, resource gathering, building, crafting, combat, survival, and so much more. As a single-player and multiplayer, your kids are sure to stay engaged for a long time.
Much like other platformer games, players will encounter different types of enemies. But they are also expected to craft materials they find and create constructs within the world.
Up to seven players can connect and play the game online. Built-in voice chat allows them to communicate; however, parents can disable this option.
6. AlphaBetty Saga
King’s has done it again. Just like Candy Crush, it’s developed another addictive gameplay that your child just won’t want to put down. And that’s a good thing when you need to keep your child entertained while you attend that Zoom meeting.
Alpha Betty can help expand your child’s vocabulary as they race through 100+ levels. It’s a fun and creative way to maximize your child’s capabilities. By the way, did I mention that it’s a free app easily downloadable for iOS and Android?
7. CBC Kids
This is a platform with a goldmine of games your child can never get tired of playing. Yeah! From strategy to adventure to puzzles, children can browse through endless games depending on their interests or mood.
CBC Kids is as safe as it gets, with no chat options or intrusive ads. When kids are playing on these browser games, you know they’re up to no mischief. Besides all the fun and entertainment, children can play several educational games to enhance their skills. So your children are bound to walk away with more confidence.
Online gaming will continue to increase as the digital world expands to incorporate more emerging technologies. But before you decide to download or purchase a game, you need to know whether it is safe enough for your children to play.
As a parent, you need to keep a constant check on who your child is interacting with on virtual communities. Being vigilant and cautious are essential aspects of online gaming, especially those that offer multiplayer modes.
The best way to ensure your child is safe from online gaming dangers is to play the games with your children. In fact, it’s the ideal way to relax after a grueling day at the office – or should I say home. 😉
Ready to get gaming?