Virtual worlds – online “places” where people use graphic characters known as avatars to represent themselves – can expose children and teenagers to inappropriate activity or violence. To help parents protect their children and understand these virtual places, the Federal Trade Commission has developed a new FTC Consumer Alert, Virtual Worlds and Kids: Mapping the Risks.
To learn more about the risks for kids in virtual worlds, go to
The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 1,500 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s Web site provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.
(FYI kids’ virtual worlds)