Most gaming platforms allow you to chat with other players whilst you play the game. This can take place in chat boxes, both privately and publicly, or via voice or video call.
Make sure you check in with your child regularly about who they’re talking to on their favourite games. Remind them that conversations should only be about the game, and if someone starts asking them other questions or suggests they speak using another app like Snapchat or Instagram they should tell you.
Explore safety settings together like block, report and mute so your child knows how to stop unwanted contact or end an online chat if it's not about the game.
Be aware that some children use third party chat apps like Discord to communicate with other players while gaming. Make sure to ask your child if they’re using any other messaging apps to chat with friends or people they don’t know while playing games online.