A bill has been proposed by Texas Legislators that would require registered sex offenders to disclose their online screen names.The bill, publicized by GamePolitics, doesn’t name video game communication services such as Xbox Live and PlayStation Home, but it does cover their services more extensively. Sex offenders would be required to disclose their “Internet communication identifier,” which could quite possibly mean their Gamertags and/or PlayStation Network usernames, as well as other online gaming monikers.
GamePolitics mentions that this bill could actually end up limiting sex offenders from using any “commercial social networking” site or service entirely.
I only see this as a good thing since it seems that registered sex offenders could have a field day with the Internet social media craze, and the MMOs and MMORPGs out there today. I hope every state eventually proposes and passes this same bill, and sooner rather than later. By no means will this eliminate sex offenders from being in our online games and networks, but it might make me feel just a little bit safer.
Posted by Nikki Lee
May 7th, 2009