There’s no shortage of benefits that games bring to players, from offering avenues for creativity to developing interpersonal skills to fostering greater self-confidence. Yet as gaming popularity grows, so do the silent risks posed to children online.
Fortunately, there is an organisation leading the fight against child abuse and developing safe game design guidelines. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is the UK’s leading children’s charity, protecting and advocating for youth in the UK for 139 years.
Andy and Kevin discuss how children experience games differently, the channels that pose the greatest threat to young users, and the Safe Games Festival. From February 5 - 11, 2024, at a state-of-the-art eSports venue and featuring live streaming, safeguarding workshops, and a fierce eSports competition, this festival joins parents, youth professionals, young gamers, and industry leaders to celebrate games and “promote safer gaming through design, production, and education.”
00:00 - Intro
03:25 - How has social gaming impacted children?
08:03 - Safe game design
14:06 - Research into harm in the metaverse
17:35 - Is privacy-first harmful for children?
20:26 - Game Safe Festival
24:08 - The Games Bundle
26:05 - How to get involved in preventing child abuse
29:10 - Impactful NSPCC partnerships and resources
34:26 - Favourite games Q&A with Andy and Kevin
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