U.K. Publishes Report on Risks Posed by Internet and Video Games to Children
FI's favorite quotation from the report is a sentiment that seems particularly productive: "Having considered the evidence[,] I believe we need to move from a discussion about the media 'causing' harm to one which focuses on children and young people, what they bring to technology and how we can use our understanding of how they develop to empower them to manage risks and make the digital world safer."
Her most actionable suggestion is to remind parents that not all games are appropriate for children, and that the classification systems (specifically in Britain and Europe) should be expanded to convey more information. "In relation to video games, we need to improve on the systems already in place to help parents restrict children's access to games which are not suitable for their age." She also suggests that ratings should be enforced in stores, with legal penalties for retailers who violate the age-ratings.
It will be fascinating to see in what form these suggestions are implemented as law.