A UK based charity, The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has launched a new website designed to give the parents of young gamers access to a range of information and support to allow them to engage with and enjoy the world of video games whilst being safe online.
The website, known as the ‘Parent Hub’ features a range of custom designed tools and resources including a ‘Gaming Glossary’ and ‘Game Guides’ from select games across all platforms which aims to give parents an example of the differing mechanics and playstyles available to children and young people.
YGAM is an award-winning education charity with a portfolio of programmes designed to increase awareness and prevent harms related to gaming and gambling. In recent years the charity has increased its work around video games and works with teachers, parents, universities and health professionals to better improve understanding of gaming mechanics and some of the problematic behaviours that can lead to gaming addiction.
Amanda Atkinson, the Head of Delivery for YGAM’s Parent Programme said; “It’s been fantastic to launch the newly designed Parent Hub this week. It has been a fascinating process as we have collaborated with parents, gamers, young people, academics and educators to create a website that gives enough information and support to parents without being overwhelming and inaccessible.”
Kev Clelland, Director of Operations at YGAM said, “Our priority is safeguarding children and young people growing up in the online galaxy of gaming. A key part of this is demystifying the world of video games for parents and highlighting the many positive experiences gaming can provide whilst increasing their awareness of the potentially harmful aspects. The Parent Hub will empower parents with the knowledge and understanding to help their children access the world of gaming in a safe and secure manner.”
“The Team at YGAM are keen to work closely with the gaming industry here in the UK and across the world, to better support future generations of gamers and keep gaming safe for children and young people.”
The Parent Hub can be accessed at www.parents.ygam.org and the charity is encouraging all parents, gamers, and non-gamers, to engage with the content they have produced.