I seem to bury myself in reports these days. One report I have to read, but haven’t had time to look properly yet is the so called Byron Reveiw in the UK – Tanya Byron’s report “Safer Children in a Digital World”. According to the cool game blogger at Guardian, Aleks Krotoski, the report says that “gaming won’t turn you into a serial killer”, which is really good news.
For those who are not familiar with the report, this is the work done by the clinical psychologist and influental TV presenter of shows such as Little Angels and Teen Angels (called Englebarn when it was presented on NRK i 2003). British prime minister Gordon Brown asked her in 2007 to do a “independent review looking at the risks to children from exposure to potentially harmful or inappropriate material on the internet and in video games.”
Now, he has even asked her to write a follow-up report in 2011, to assess the impact of her recent study of online child safety.
“I’m making some pretty tough recommendations to the prime minister, to the government, about the video game classification system and about the internet generally and how we can empower parents and teachers and all adults to help children be safe,” Byron said.
The EU is also working with similar issues, which I have written about here.