When playing online games such as Overwatch, Hearthstone, or World of Warcraft, children are usually part of a team with other players. If they leave before the game ends, they are putting their teammates in a difficult situation. It's not the same as leaving a basketball game in the middle of the third quarter, but it's still a competitive activity between children who have created a bond and are working together to achieve a goal. Parents should be aware that these online games are live and cannot be paused.
Players trust each other and rely on each other to stay in the game until it is finished. But what if a child is in the middle of a game and needs to leave? Can they finish first? The answer is yes. A parent has gone viral for arguing that children should be allowed to end their game and he is right. Parents should not abuse their knowledge that online games cannot be paused by trying to get more game time.
It is important for parents to understand that online games are real-time activities and require commitment from all players. Children should be encouraged to finish their game before logging out, but if they need to leave, they should be allowed to do so without any repercussions.
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