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Izzy Neis


I've been wondering for so long why parents aren't concerned with the people behind the scenes. I've reasoned it to myself so far as this: it's because parents weren't ready to think about such... having so much to catch up on in the first place. Kids + web = whole new language, no matter how often you yourself participate. They see things in a way we'll never quite grasp, but isn't that the way of things with kids & adults. Peter Pan never wanted his lost boys to grow up-- once they did, they couldn't see his world anymore. Oh, forever children, gotta appreciate them.

Anyway-- I'm feeling a phase coming in... and I dig it. Who is moderating your child and what are their social responsibilities? Kids deserve a respect of their own-- it's why they build their own worlds in imagination. Let's be forthright and up front about everything.

Thanks for the shout out! :)


I agree with Izzy Neis! We at http://TenTonHamster.com are trying to do just this; making a safe, happy and fun community that is responsible for children's safety without being uncool or inhibiting. We're also doing articles and guides for parents.

My own children are young enough to need guidance but old enough to be taught responsibility for their own virtual selves whilst in these worlds. But I often wonder about children whose parents aren't 'net savvy or MMOG knowledgeable. One of two things must happen; either the child is left to their own devices (which scares me) or the parents assume the worst and do not let their children find or participate in the good places out there (which scares me too).

Thanks for the mention, Ron. VERY cool times are upon us!

~ Khatie

ron meiners

Thanks to you both for the good word, and for the good work.

Kids are the next big wave in MMO/virtual world development... with the potential for imaginative play, learning, and with appropriate supervision, I think this is going to become a huge part of the landscape and a huge part of developmental experience.

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