Online games and apps are fantastic when it comes to providing your children with fun and enjoyment. The only thing you need to be mindful of is the advertisements that appear. Whether your child decides to watch Ben 10 Ultimate Alien online or play their favourite Batman game, they may be met with a pop-up or an advertisement on the side of the screen. If your child has not been educated about these then it can be very tempting for them to click on these advertisements. This can be dangerous because they may attempt to buy a product or they may have clicked on an unsafe website. It is not their fault though, after all; how are they supposed to know? They simply get sucked in by the advertisers. Read on to discover how advertisers do this and remember to have a chat with your little one about avoiding the adverts.

Here, there and everywhere!

Advertisers use the strategic placing of their adverts in order to encourage your children to click. A popular choice for a lot of advertisers is to place their advert before the high score results come on the screen. Sometimes your child ends up clicking the advert because they think that they need to do so in order to see their results. There is a great level of trickery involved when it comes to this side of things. You even find that advertisements pop up on the screen mid-game so that clicking on them becomes almost unavoidable. Of course, this is exceedingly annoying for the game player, yet when children are involved they don’t see it this way and therefore they persevere.

I want candy

If you go on the internet now using any device and play a children’s game you are bound to find one that alludes to candy. The advertisement may not even be designed in order to promote sweets and candy. However, they use images related to this because they know that they will entice children and make them want to click. It is almost an instinctive reaction. Children see the bright colours, the intriguing shapes, and they can practically taste the scrumptiousness. Therefore, they click the button because they want to find out more. Are they going to get free candy? Where can they buy these yummy treats? The temptation is astounding.

Give me more

“Unlock fantastic levels”, “experience a better version”, “get the latest” – clever wording is utilised in order to make children hit ‘click’. There are lots of adverts that give children the impression they are going to unlock a better game or some greater levels free of cost. There is no mention of the fact that children will need to pay in order to get these games or levels. Instead, they click the advert feeling optimistic, until they are taken to a webpage with tons of different catches. This is annoying for you and frustrating for your child as well. This is a harder type of advertisement to monitor and give advice about. You should simply educate your children regarding pop-ups and how to get rid of them (by simply click the ‘x’ button).

Talking to your child

It is important to make sure you have a chat with your child and explain that they should not click on adverts or make purchases. You should xplain that if they make a purchase, this will result in them losing game time. You also need to educate your child to all of the dangers about online gaming. You can find out more about this online. After all, from people with bad intentions in regards to talking with children, to those out to get personal data, there are lots of dangers on the web. Educating your child is the only way you can ensure they are safe, as well as using tech protocols of course. Tech cannot be avoided today, though, so make sure your child is educated.

Advertisers are very clever when it comes to tempting your children whilst playing games and apps. As mentioned earlier, from those who watch cartoons on the Internet or play game apps on their phone, this will always occur. You simply need to make sure your child is wise to it.

Tom Parillo

Tom Parillo

I am interested in all things technology, especially automation, robotics and tech that helps change how society will live in the future.