|The Interactive Gaming Council (IGC) last week announced its support for the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) labeling system as a way to allow adults to block access to gambling sites by minors through labeling questionable content. |
According to Rick Smith, Executive Director of the IGC, “Nobody benefits if children participate in Internet gaming, and the IGC will continue to work hard at assuring its members take every precaution to restrict Internet gambling to children. The IGC will continue to communicate with governments, legislators, operators and others to develop and implement effective control measures for the industry. ICRA labeling is a logical and effective means to accomplishing our goal of keeping children away from Internet gaming Web sites,” he said.
The ICRA labeling system allows a parent to review a Web site, and block their child’s access if the content of that site is unsuitable.
The IGC Board of Directors voted in support of the initiative and is encouraging Internet Gaming sites to consider and ultimately adopt the ICRA labeling system.
The statement came the day after US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said that in a survey of 100 popular Internet gambling sites, one in five had no warnings for minors and most had disclaimers that were hard to find. The sites also lacked screening mechanisms to keep children out or had blocks that kids could easily get around.