Internet safety, online gaming and how to avoid becoming a serial killer

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.Bente Kalsnes

And from a quick glance at some of the reactions to the report, this is a good piece of work, Open Education, Gamesindustry, Rock, Paper Shotgun and Bobbie Johnson at Guardian have more about it.

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.

One thought on “Internet safety, online gaming and how to avoid becoming a serial killer

  1. For a fun way to teach internet and social networking safety, here’s a unit that includes an instructional video and a quiz. It’s aimed at middle school and up.

    The video is a selection of silly clips supposedly posted to the MySpace pages of the famous puppy and some of her friends. The clips demonstrate mistakes kids can make – the clips and the quiz serve as a jumpstart to further discussions.

    Kids can take the interactive Flash version online, or you can download a .pdf document and print it as a handout. The 10 question quiz covers the topics of cyber-bullying, privacy, safety, dangers of spyware and malware, etc.

    The quiz doesn’t really focus on stranger-danger type concerns but rather gently and humorously reminds the reader that it’s possible to hurt people’s feelings, to mislead people who don’t realize you’re joking, to remember that online postings can be seen by anybody and that postings are often impossible to remove once posted.

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