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‘Parents responsible for under-age gaming, not the industry’ – Byron

Tanya Byron, author of the Byron Review – a study into the way children are affected by gaming and exposure to the internet – has underlined the role of parents in ensuring their children don’t play games featuring mature content.

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  • Government publishes Byron Review action plan

    Sorry, missed this last night. The UK Government has published an action plan based on the recent Byron review, detailing how recommendations on games classification and internet usage by children is to be implemented. From this GI report: Beginning this July, the government plans a four month public consultation on the reform of the videogames […]

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  • Byron's son still has friends thanks to mum's report

    Another, and hopefully the last, interview with Tanya Byron, author of last week’s Byron Report, this one courtesy of MCV. Apparently Byron’s son is more thankful than most that she didn’t lay some kind of evil smackdown on videogaming as a whole. “My son, when I was given this job last year, said to me: […]

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  • PEGI boss in "work for the good of the people" shock

    PEGI boss madman Patrice Chazerand has come to the ridiculous conclusion that people should stop thinking about competition between the BBFC and PEGI and focus on how the two ratings bodies can work together for the good of the British people. “I don’t know if I’m being too visionary, but I think we should stop […]

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  • PEGI is best for UK, says EA

    Here. EA boss Keith Ramsdale still thinks PEGI’s the best choice to rate UK games, despite confirmation that the BBFC will be rating all games meant for 12 year-olds and over in the wake of the Byron Report. “As an Industry we have been unanimously clear that there should be a single system and that […]

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  • That was the news – Week 13, 2008: Commendable Byron talks common sense, becomes tomorrow's chip paper

    The Byron Report – a study commissioned by the UK Government to investigate games and internet use among the young in the UK – was delivered last week, saying almost exactly what everyone thought it was going to say and showing its author, Doctor Tanya Byron, in a highly professional light. Probably the best thing […]

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  • Byron urges gaming detractors to "get a grip"

    Tanya Byron, author of the Byron Report, wants opponents to videogaming to get with the programme. Her programme, specifically. In a response that could have been tailored for idiots like Anne Diamond, Byron told critics of gaming to “stop panicking, get a grip, move on in the debate and just be sensible about who plays […]

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  • Byron Report won't stop adults getting the content they want, says author

    Tanya Byron, author of yesterday’s Byron report, has moved to assure gamers that her recommendations – the main one of which was for a legally enforcable system of ratings for games in the UK – won’t stop adults getting at the content they want to consumer. “I’ve worked with a lot of gamers throughout the […]

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  • Byron fiasco: Don't give us cost of awareness campaign, says TIGA

    Following news that the cost of Tanya Byron’s quest to make parents aware of how games work in the UK is likely to be shouldered by the games industry itself, TIGA has said, rather reasonably, that the extra financial pressure on British games companies wouldn’t exactly be welcome. “The Government must not burden the games […]

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  • New BBFC ratings won't hit UK for two years

    According to this, the new BBFC games ratings confirmed today as part of the publication of the UK’s Byron Report, won’t come into force for two years. Hit the link for a roadmap for how the new ratings systems are to be implemented.

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  • Byron's awareness campaign cost could be foisted onto games industry

    Oh dear. This isn’t going to go down too well. According to this, the cost of making parents more aware about videogaming – as recommended in this morning’s Byron Report – could well be paid for by the games industry itself. “I have talked to industry about how they can enable public information campaigns to […]

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  • BBFC warns off PEGI choice after Byron Report release

    David Cooke, director of the BBFC, has said he believes the British body is a better fit for rating games in the wake of this morning’s Byron Report as it has the power to ban products. “We co-operate closely with the Pan European Games Information Systems (PEGI) and will continue to do so,” he said […]

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  • Platform holders refuse to comment on Byron Report

    Both Nintendo and SCEE have told videogaming247 that they will be making no comment on today’s Byron Report. “There’s no comment and no one will be offering comment – it’s an industry issue and therefore we are referring everyone to ELSPA,” said a Nintendo UK spokesperson. “I’m afraid we will not be making any comment […]

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  • Byron Report - more pre-release detail

    Loads of stuff here, in far more detail than the BBC report. This is the same article we quoted earlier. The report will recommend: New codes of practice to regulate social networking sites, such as Bebo and Facebook, including clear standards on privacy and harmful content; A gold standard for the use of console games, […]

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  • Generational gap biggest ratings problem, says Byron

    According to this, Tanya Byron is pinning the biggest issues in games ratings on lack of understanding between generations. “The key finding is that we have this huge digital generational divide at the moment where children are enjoying benefits and opportunities both online and in videogames but parents are really genuinely confused in terms of […]

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  • Byron Report published

    Well, sort of. The BBC’s got it, clearly. We’re just waiting for the final draft, but you can see everything that’s about to be announced here. Included is: The creation of a website for parents where they can find our more information about online safety. A comprehensive public information and awareness campaign on child internet […]

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  • Byron Report to talk "pin codes and locks" for console games

    British newspaper the Guardian is reporting that Tanya Byron’s report into games regulation in the UK this morning contains mention of lock-out codes for console games. The report, to be delivered at 9am this morning, is to recommend, “A gold standard for the use of console games, including clear set-up guidance for parents on issues […]

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  • Byron report will recommend film-style ratings, cigarette-like warnings and minimum 12 age for UK

    Two reports are claiming that the Byron Report will today recommend a film-style ratings system with recognisable symbols for the UK, as well as lowering the statutory requirement for game ratings to 12. According to the newly relaunched GamesIndustry.biz, ex-TV presenter Tanya Byron will also recommend that the British games industry should also make sustained […]

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  • Byron Report to be published on March 27

    Says so here. Tanya Byron’s report was commissioned by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to look into violence and rating issues. The paper is thought to recommend that all games in the UK should be rated by a dedicated board, possibly the BBFC. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport confirmed the date this morning.

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  • PEGI better than BBFC, says Microsoft

    Giving evidence to a Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee today, Matt Lambert, Microsoft’s head of corporate affairs in the UK, said that the PEGI ratings system was better than the BBFC version. “If there’s going to be one ratings system, it should be PEGI,” he said. “With PEGI, they think very carefully about age […]

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