p2pnet news view | Kids & Kartels:- Alongside the ‘news’ that the Vevo movie thingy is actually an advertising machine comes another startling revelation: “Even a minimally savvy youngster can figure out how to access violent or explicitly sexual content in some virtual or Internet worlds”.
So says a Federal Trade Commission survey quoted by Reuters.
“In its survey of online worlds, where users create digital alter egos called avatars and interact with other users’ avatars, the commission found that seven of the worlds with the most explicit sex and violence set a minimum age of 13 and an eighth set a minimum age of 18,” says the story.
Kids below the age of 13 who tried to register at five of the sites were rejected, but although Kaneva and There.com did the same, they “immediately permitted users to re-register as an adult from the same computer,” the report says.
Red Light Center, “whose home page contains nudity,” sets a minimum age of 18 but, “also allowed users who were rejected as too young to immediately try again with a different birthday,” says the story, adding when the FTC selected it for the review, “demographic data from comScore, Inc. indicated that nearly 16 percent of Red Light Center’s users were under age 18″.
Only nudity? It has a lot more than that — and without any need for registration.
Adds Reuters, “As part of the report, which was requested by Congress, the commission recommended virtual world operators develop better mechanisms to screen out children and ensure that adults in these virtual worlds do not interact with children or teens. The commission also urged better enforcement of the online world’s rules regarding profanity in sites aimed at children, and training for community enforcers or moderators to enforce any rules.”
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