As part of her progress report on her 2008 Byron Review, Dr Tanya Byron has called for a new and independent report to examine the implementation of a possible code of conduct focused specifically on online and casual gaming.
“It is important that families have up-to-date advice about new ways to engage in gaming,” she stated. “All UK mobile phone networks offer a level of filtering which can be activated when the phone is purchased or later by phoning customer services.
“However, it is questionable whether parents are aware of this and take advantage of it. And if a child accesses the internet using wi-fi they by-pass any filtering which may be switched on at a network level.
“I recommend that the UKCCIS executive board commission the video games working group to examine and report back by September 2010 on whether a code of conduct supported by independent review for online and casual gaming is needed.”
You can read Byron’s full progress report here.