Dr Tanya Byron, an experienced clinical psychologist and well-known media personality, has been tasked by Gordon Brown's government to carry out a review looking at children and new technologies. More specifically, the 'Byron Review' will focus on children's gaming and internet use, habits and access to potentially inappropriate material (violent games, online pornography and so on).
Understandably, there has been some initial concern amongst gamers regarding Dr Byron's review – with many questions being asked and few answers, to date, being given.
How, for example, is the review to be conducted? Why are violent games being spoken about in the same terms as online porn? What will the government do with the review when it is carried out and Dr Byron's recommendations are presented to Gordon Brown and his government next March?