What to do with your kids during the year-end holiday season? Other than planning a family trip, Xbox gaming at home is another way to build a closer relationship. This is one of the best ideas mom influencers could have to make their kids busy as well as safe.
How to ensure that your children can get their best gaming experiences on in a safe and welcome environment? Here are some of the useful tips for gamer parents or soon-to-be parents; to manage issues of digital spending, screen-time, parental controls, and unsuitable content:
1. Direct carrier billing (DCB)
Not to worry about your bill! Tracking digital expenses can be done through direct carrier billing with a telecommunications provider. With Starhub, you can keep track of your Microsoft and Xbox digital store purchases on your mobile bill; capped at S$600 across all DCB merchants, letting you avoid bill-shock at the end of the month.
2. Xbox Gift Cards
Gift cards for specific app stores or services enable individuals to pre-purchase credit; which can be redeemed against the purchase of digital content. For example, with an Xbox Gift Card, you can buy the hottest new Xbox full game downloads, apps and more.
3. Make use of the Microsoft Account Family Center
You can customise your child’s experience across Xbox and Windows 10 on the Microsoft Account Family Center. This allows you to keep track of their online activity, block specific apps, and more. If you’re feeling generous, add money to your kids’ Microsoft Accounts for digital purchases.
4. Recognising the importance of family time
Even if you’re not a gamer, sharing an activity with them helps you better understand what types of games your child likes. If you have a knack for racing, share your experience driving on the lush British roads with the newly launched Forza Horizon 4. It’s also available on Xbox Game Pass for one low monthly price of S$14.90, giving you and your children the ultimate freedom to play over 100 great games available, including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released. If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass yet, you can start your 14-day free trial now.
Beyond playing the role of gatekeeper, it’s also important for gamer parents to spend quality time with your kids playing games, and especially the games they like.