|VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA – June 26, 2002 – The Interactive Gaming Council has announced its support for the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) labeling system as a way to allow adults to prevent 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.
ICRA’s priority is a safer Internet for children through consumer choice, not censorship. Mary Lou Kenny, ICRA Director, North America added, “The process is simple and free. A content provider voluntarily labels their site using predefined categories. Parents use the ICRA filter to read the labels and ensure a safer online experience for their child.”
Currently, some of the top Internet gaming companies working through the IGC are spearheading initiatives to encourage adoption of systems that allow adults to restrict access to certain Web sites.
According to Sue Schneider, Chairman of the IGC, the goal is two-fold: limit access by minors and show applicable government agencies that there are responsible companies in the Internet Gaming space that are willing to take available proactive steps to prevent underage gambling.
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 IGC sees adoption of these initiatives as a means to establishing fair and responsible trade guidelines and practices. These initiatives will enhance consumer confidence in online Gaming.
ICRA is a global, non-profit organization of Internet industry leaders committed to making the Internet safer for children while respecting the rights of content providers. Those interested in finding out more about ICRA self-labeling system may do so by visiting their Web site at www.icra.org.
Formed in 1996, the IGC is the leading trade association for the international interactive gambling industry with its membership operating or supplying services to most of the reputable interactive sites on the World Wide Web. Based in Vancouver, Canada, the IGC champions fair and honest interactive gambling environments and has unmatched dedication to consumer protection issues, including problem gambling and restricting participation by minors.
For additional information on the Interactive Gaming Council, visit their Web site at www.igcouncil.org.