Feeds

UK gov publishes 'kids and videogames' action plan

Internet safety scheme too

Mobile application security vulnerability report

The Byron Review, it seems, was just the beginning. The UK government has unveiled a comprehensive action plan designed to develop ways of making videogames and the internet safer for children.

The action plan has six key objectives: four concerning child safety online and two regarding the impact of videogames on young gamers.

On the videogame side of things, the government plans to launch a consultation to consider “all necessary evidence around current and future video games classification”. Given the wording of the announcement, the government seems to have decided that the current videogame classification system does indeed require reform.

The government said it also plans to work with industry to improve the information and support given to parents on videogames. This could see the current BBFC rating system widened and the Pan European Game Information (Pegi) labelling adopted alongside it.

Pegi is a voluntary system currently used by many game manufacturers. It uses icons to identify specific types of content, for example, a spider signifies scary content. A syringe indicates drug use.

On its approach to internet safety, the government plans to create a UK Council for Child Internet Safety to monitor the ‘kids online’ issue and report back to MPs.

A £9m investment programme will also be launched to “raise awareness of e-safety issues among children, young people, parents and other adults”. Hopefully, the programme won’t just create colourful cartoon characters spouting wise words, such as “Sammy the Surfer says: Never give out personal information in chatrooms.”

In the US, the New York State Senate this week voted in favour of legislation to create a governmental advisory council to examine the possible impact of violent videogames on society. The legislation won’t become law until 2010, provided the state’s governor signs it into the statute books.

Part of the legislation would require consoles sold in the state to be equipped with parental controls, something which the Byron Review also recommended. It would also grant the 16-member council the powers to take charge, locally at least, of the US’ existing Pegi-like ESRB (Entertainment Software Review Board) videogame rating system.

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws
Only 49 politcos voted against DRIP bill
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.