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Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart used the launch of Media Literacy Week 2012 to appeal for caution to video game enthusiasts, parents and teachers.
“Since gaming consoles now allow Internet access, we need to recognize that, as with anything that connects personal information and connectivity, there are privacy risks,” she said. Interactive game user accounts are increasingly linked to social networks, and advertisers are using video games to reach young people. "
The commissioner makes different recommendations to protect the privacy of players:
> Use passwords that are difficult to crack.
> Regularly check your credit card statement (the number is often required for registration) and report errors immediately.
> Check the privacy settings.
> Read the privacy policies and user agreements to find out what is shared and with whom if the account is social media linked.
> Block offensive players and report incidents to gaming networks to curb harassment and bullying in sites that allow voice chat and chat.
Finally, the Commissioner invites parents to play with their children in order to learn more about the realities of the virtual world.
Teachers can also make their contribution by raising awareness among their students. “Our role as educators is to help them open their eyes and use their judgment to maintain control over their personal information and ultimately their reputation,” said Paul Taillefer, President of the Canadian Teachers' Federation.