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Understanding children’s vulnerabilities in the metaverse: the role of the online community

Hu, Runze (2022) Understanding children’s vulnerabilities in the metaverse: the role of the online community. Parenting for a Digital Future (15 Jun 2022). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Recent media coverage on the metaverse has cast doubts on child protection. A BBC News investigation and a Channel 4’s investigative documentary both discovered racist insults, sexual materials and sexual harassment targeting children on VRChat. VRChat is a social virtual reality application in which players can embody user-generated avatars and interact with others through speech and body movement. For www.parenting.digital, Runze Hu discusses what he found about children’s vulnerability in the metaverse after spending a year in the Chinese-speaking VRChat community conducting participant observation and interviews as part of his doctoral research. He argues that media reports of the metaverse overlook the complexity of community norms and minors’ position in it, particularly the structure of these social networks, how situational proprieties are sustained, and who dwells in the metaverse.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/parenting4digitalfuture/
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2022 14:24
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2022 14:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/116140

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