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Online children’s world planned by BBC

Fed up with the hype surrounding Second Life? Tough. Now you can expect your children to start talking about the potential of multiplayer online games, as CBBC is planning to create a virtual world enabling children to interact within a safe environment.

The BBC says the online environment will allow digitally literate children to build an avatar, or an online presence, and then create and share this content. However the virtual world would not feature the financial aspects of online games such as in Second Life.

A spokesman said that this kind of platform is becoming the “norm for people who have been born into the digital world” and it will allow children to move around in “safe and secure” surroundings where they can interact with familiar characters.

CBBC World will go live in the summer and fully launch in the autumn, at the same time as CBBC relaunches. Users will not be able to create any new parts of the virtual world and it will feature no chatrooms to emphasise safety and responsibility.

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