The Byron Report
) is now available (complete with crayon cover art),
offering the results of a study ordered by the British government on "Safer
Children in a Digital World."
summarizes the report in text and an accompany video, outlining some of the
outcome, which includes a recommendation that the British BBFC system for rating
games be overhauled, among other things, to increase the scope of the games it
evaluates beyond those that simply display "human sexual activity" or "gross
violence," which is the current standard. Reactions are online from the
has the response from the BBFC. Here's a bit from the BBC
Carried out by psychologist Dr Tanya Byron, it says more games
need to be rated by official bodies.
It calls for the creation of a UK body to draw up and oversee a national
strategy to keep children safe online.
It also recommends that new PCs be sold with software that will help prevent
children seeing harmful online content.