- Registered Name
- Avatar Name
- Time online
- Sites visited in world by name, topic and duration of each visit
- Pointers to chats and a chart of who is chatting with the child
- Semantic danger/warning icons with drill down to specific reportable events in-world (eg., keyword parsing for information that is suspicious such as phone numbers or adult-oriented topics).
- Items purchased with world tokens or real dollars. If a charge card was used, this information should be available on request and verification of requestor identity (real world, not virtual persona
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Reporting services are not that difficult or expensive to implement. They are a part of any decent enterprise application so there is little or no technical barrier here. This is simply a service one should expect or refuse to allow the child to join the site. If a game site or virtual world site can’t provide these, you have a right to be suspicious of that vendor and you should be telling your friends and neighbors that their kids are best kept off such a site.
Before anyone sends me a ‘this is data mining’ or ‘we should trust our children’ or ‘if you raised them right, you don’t have to worry’ or ‘that takes the fun out of it’ or any of the several dumb-ass reasons for not keeping tabs on our kids, let me say:
MY KIDS. MY RULES.
Anyone who doesn’t get that isn’t a parent and anyone who is and doesn’t get that shouldn’t be. Just as you don’t drop your kids off to see a movie in a red-light district, you shouldn’t let them join virtual worlds that don’t report to you.