Keeping track of a number of stories relating to ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age‘ in the news:
The OFT has today published its final principles for online and in-app games, and given games producers a deadline of 1 April to ensure that their games do not breach consumer protection law.
The OFT principles state that consumers should be told upfront about costs associated with a game or about in-game advertising, and any important information such as whether their personal data is to be shared with other parties for marketing purposes. The principles also make clear that in-game payments are not authorised, and should not be taken, unless the payment account holder, such as a parent, has given his or her express, informed consent. Failure to comply with the principles could risk enforcement action.
New principles and heightened enforcement action on the horizon for online and mobile app games developers and operators
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has given a battle cry to online and mobile app games developers who may be in breach of consumer protection laws, giving them until 1 April 2014 to fall in line in addition to complying with a new set of consumer protection principles. The principles apply to all online and mobile app games, with principles six to seven mentioning children and principle eight being specifically aimed at protecting children consumers.
We live in an age of social media, where an increasing number of students are using sites like Facebook and Twitter on a daily basis. This move away from traditional modes of communication provides universities, colleges and schools with new and exciting ways to interact with members of their community, but also raises problems as a small number of users rely on the perceived anonymity provided by social media to bully and denigrate students, teachers and the institution itself.