Online game play can be a great way to bring kids together, but it can also be a source of frustration and stress.
That’s because many online games require players to have a physical connection to the game world to interact, a phenomenon known as latency.
And because of the sheer amount of information players have to work with in the game, they may not always be in sync with their online friends.
So what to do?
The key to maintaining a healthy online relationship, experts say, is to find ways to stay connected and to help each other.
“If you’re playing a game, you want to feel connected to that game, to the players, and that means communicating and having fun,” said Dr. Jennifer Houghton, an associate professor of family medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
“It’s important to find some way to make it feel like you’re part of the family, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”
Here are five tips to keep your online gaming online, and to keep each other happy and productive.
Make it fun.
If you want your online game to be fun, you should create a family game, said Dr Houghon.
“That way you’re connecting the family together.
You’re bringing people together, and it’s a really great way for them to enjoy playing a fun game.”
To make sure your online family game has fun mechanics, check out a few of the best family games available, including: 1.
Go Fishing 2.
Go Back to School 3.
Get Out of Jail Free 4.
Build a Boat 5.
Play a Puzzle Game The fun doesn’t end there.
A few years ago, Dr Huffton and her colleagues published a study in the journal PLOS ONE on how family games, including online games, could improve parenting.
They found that family games that were fun and family-friendly, like Go Fishing and Go Back, were associated with healthier outcomes in children.
“What we found was that family-games that were more challenging and involve a bit of risk were associated in the long run with better outcomes,” Dr Haughton said.
For example, the family game that was more challenging, the one that involved going back to school, was associated with lower rates of discipline and better outcomes.
And when playing a family-game online, it was also associated with a better socialization with children.
Encourage family bonding.
A lot of online games are about having fun, and some also require players with a physical link to their games, Dr. Hougho said.
But it can be hard to maintain an online connection with your family when you don’t have that physical connection, and so you may not feel like the game is as meaningful as it could be.
If that’s the case, Dr Marni Peltzer, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto and an expert in family gaming, suggests using the Family Connect app.
This app connects families to one another through voice calls, email, social media, and other forms of communication.
In addition to offering parents a way to stay in touch, it helps parents feel connected and encourages children to play with one another.
“This is a great, simple app that allows you to get connected with your child without being physically in the room,” Dr Peltzers said.
“You can also get help from your child’s teacher or parent to figure out how to make the game more fun for them.”
Encourages online gaming.
If your online games don’t encourage family bonding, try other ways to help.
Try making your family game fun with the use of family-themed activities.
For instance, Dr Poultzer recommends making your kids get a stuffed animal, go on a scavenger hunt, or take a virtual tour of the neighborhood to see how different homes are connected to each other, Dr Sacks said.
Keep it short.
While a longer game might seem more challenging for children, there’s no harm in playing one as long as you don