Description: according to Common Sense Media, “Steam is a place to buy, play, discuss, and learn about games on the internet.” After downloading the Steam “engine” to operate the games and a free account is created, gamers can play free games, chat with friends, play multiplayer, join forums, play demos and even use the site’s Workshop section to create new games. Popular games have a cost, but most other features are free.
APP Store rating: 12+ (infrequent: simulated gambling, fantasy & realistic violence, mild sexual content and nudity, mature themes, profanity and crude humor, drug use).
We like the Family View parental controls, but only if parents do their job. PARENTING! Since the game requires kids to be at least 13, we agree – age 13 is the minimum. The App store rating is too low and we agree with age 13 only as long as parents are highly involved in the gaming, have stated their expectations about networking with strangers, and have enabled Steam Family View.