Sunday, 3 August 2008

Clubbing it again

Well, with my three of my nieces and a nephew having just descended on us for 10 days, I doubt I will get much time to blog; I will be too busy watching them whizz about in Club Penguin, amongst other things. As I am also observing other children (not related to me) using 'Club Penguin' in a research project I am in the middle of, I will be penguined out in a few weeks, no doubt! So I will leave you with a bit of a lengthy read – the report of the House of Commons' Culture Media and Sport Committee on Harmful content on the Internet and in video games’. The usual stuff, although I note with interest the committee, drawing heavily on the Byron Report, calls for tighter self-regulation by the industry rather than top-down regulation. Sara Grimes always has very interesting things to say about the industry’s attempts at self-regulation and I recommend her blog for those of you interested in this area. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go watch a penguin dance contest!

5 comments:

Izzy Neis said...

Ooo! A Club Penguin filled week? I'm mighty jealous, and look forward to hearing about your findings. There's loads of fodder to work with there ;)

Jackie Marsh said...

Hi Izzy, yes, loads of fodder - watching children use the world is fascinating and I am certainly learning about what such worlds ought to have in them!!

Liz said...

Hi Jackie, it has occurred to me that the colour choice of the deluxe castle igloo could cause a problem in families where there is a “family” penguin. A range of colour options would be welcome rather than being limited to the stereotype blue/pink choice. Any thoughts? Liz

Jackie Marsh said...

Hi Liz, yes I agree. I don't think virtual worlds have taken sufficient account of the way in which some families use the worlds together. There is much potential for the development of family-friendly virtual worlds, in which family avatars can get together but also children's avatars can maintain their independence.

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