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User protection

The Official College of Psychology of Catalonia warns that the abusive and excessive use of video games can produce different emotional disorders such as sleep problems, anxiety, mood swings, etc. This problem especially affects young people, where they isolate themselves from real life, and focus on a constant online activity.

Playing video games is fun and a normal part of teenagers' lives. But there is a small group of children who find it difficult to control the time they spend playing video games.

Researchers are studying these cases and learning more about who is at risk and why. During a 6-year study, about 10% of adolescents were found to have symptoms of spending unhealthy amounts of time playing video games and getting worse over time. These kids seem to have certain things in common.

For many children, the ability to escape to an online world allows them to escape from real life: no one knows who they are, where they go to school or what they look like. However, this anonymity is a double-edged sword.
2. Privacy concerns
Stay Safe Online recommends that children never create usernames that are derived from their real names, or that could provide their location or age.
3. Personal information left on consoles and desktops
Another danger of online gaming comes from consoles or desktop computers themselves. When they have outlived their usefulness, many families take these devices to the local electronics recycling center or sell them on exchange sites.
4. Concerns related to webcams
As Business Insider points out, more than 4500 webcams were hacked in the United States last year, and transmitted to a Russian website
5. Hidden charges
Some online games use the "freemium" model, which means that they provide some content for free, but require payment to access other parts of the game.