What is it?
Ping is an internet utility to check connectivity between a device, such as your computer, with any server on the internet, such as an online game.
How does it work?
Ping tests the speed that data (also called a packet) travels back and forth from your computer to the host server. The rate is measured in milliseconds, so if a device has a ping rate of say, 175, this means it is taking 0.175 seconds for the data to travel to the server and back.
A slow ping rate can occur due to simultaneous internet traffic, a slow connection speed, the distance to the server hosting your activity, or the path of the internet traffic.
Why is it useful?
Ping tests are useful to check connectivity, and if it is slow and your internet activity is affected, you can troubleshoot to find ways to increase the connection speed.
What do you need to keep in mind about your child and ping?
Doing a ping test with your child is a good way to discuss the concept of connectivity, the internet, gaming and other online topics.