Gaming Information for Secondary Ages 15-18

Why do young people game?

To help you understand more around online play, we have developed a hub of informative resources.
Explore gaming online, understand why young people game and how to identify harmful behaviours. Look at setting boundaries and having conversations with your children to build their resilience and encourage a healthy online/offline balance.


Animation to introduce gaming, looking at how it has developed over the years and the options available.

Understanding why young people enjoy gaming

Helping parents to understand the pull of gaming for young people, this document has used the voice of young people to look at gaming from their perspective. Why they enjoy playing online and choose to engage in online play.  This will provide an insight to their world, views and feelings.

Game Briefs

A quick guide to some of the most popular games to help parents understand what their child is playing, looking at in-app purchases and information to help set safety boundaries.

Brain development and gaming

An animation looking at how the brain develops to understand a child's reactions.

Brain development and gaming

An animation looking at how the brain develops and linking in with online play.

Different styles of gamers

Document looking at how people approach gaming to give you an insight into how your child may view online play.

Understanding Addiction

An informative document looking at addiction and gaming addiction to help parents understand the topic further.

Signs of too much online play

Document looking at the physical and emotional signs of someone displaying problematic behaviours when playing online. This will help parents gain an insight into the signs so they can be aware and provide support for their child(ren)

Talking to your child around gaming

Document providing conversation starters and ideas to encourage chats with your child around potential harms of online play, gambling and creating a healthy balance. Looking at activities you can use to help the conversation, the aim of this document is to inform your children of concerns/potential harms and staying safe in an informal manner.

Setting Boundaries

Looking at how to work with your child to set boundaries when engaging in online play

Responding to Emotions

Document looking at how to help your child when they finish playing online.

Responding to Emotions with practical Solutions

An exercise to do with your child to help them to identify their behaviours, spot any potential harm and implement safe practices they can do to help.