Top Points in the latest FTC Report

This is pioneering stuff on the part of the US government. The Federal Trade Commission today sent to Congress its close study of 27 online virtual worlds – 14 for children under 13 and 13 aimed at teens and adults – looking at the level of sexually explicit and violent content and what the VWs were doing to protect children from it. I think it’s important for parents to keep in mind when reading the study or just the highlights here that “content” in virtual worlds means user-generated content (which is why, in “Online Safety 3.0,” we put so much stress on viewing children as stakeholders in their own well-being online and teaching them to be good citizens in their online and offline communities). Here are some key findings:

http://www.netfamilynews.org/2009/12/ftcs-milestone-report-on-virtual-worlds.html

As I rambled (extensively) earlier, the FTC report has been making its way across the web today.  The oh so wonderful Anne Collier at NetFamilyNews.org has picked up the pdf and given it a good read over… click the link above to read her top points.

I’m so jazzed to see what comes of these findings, and how they improve digital citizenship, or enlighten those who did not realize the power of TEXT online.

w00t.

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