Club Penguin is one of Disney’s many online gaming sites. The visual reality game is aged at children ages 6-14 and has over 30 million users (one of which is my little brother).
This online community of predominantly kids is a positive example of how child friendly gaming can be achieved. With the age graphic as low as it is, child safety is the main precaution. The key approaches to this include ‘safe chat modes’ which limit users to certain phrases, prevents users from inappropriate usernames and blocks profanity or any personal details. Its estimated that the company employ over 70 staff to police the game.
Children benefit from this like adults do when entering virtual reality gaming. They can take part in challenges, win awards, connect with friends and make friends alike. All in a safe environment which, is the biggest selling point from a parents prospective.
Whilst memberships are free their is also a paid option which allows players to access all the content provided. Obviously Disney wants this option to appeal to people so plug it regularly throughout the game. The reason I mentioned my brother previously was because he saw these added extras and like any child, kicked and screamed till my mum agreed to pay the membership fee. This fee is probably one of the only downsides of the site. Obviously the question of age regulation arises regularly, this can be forged and any age group can play the game, however, like I’ve mentioned previously, this site is one of the safest online currently and new privacy settings are released and improved regularly.