Thursday, November 15, 2007

Microsoft promotes campaign to promote parental controls, safe use of XBox 360

Today Microsoft ran print ads in newspapers about its partnerships in promoting parental controls and responsible use of its products, especially its XBox 360 games and the new features in Vista. The relevant article is “Safety Is No Game. Is Your Family Set?” Campaign Kicks Off Second Year" here, with a Q&A by Robbie Bach. A related posting is this.

Of particular concern is limiting "screen time" since children need outdoor physical activity and because fast moving images are now considered harmful to children under the age of 2.

Voluntary parental controls are considered essential to ward off attempts at government censorship (such as COPA, discussed on a separate blog), and they go far beyond simplistic ideas like adult-id schemes proposed by COPA.

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