[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]
Parents have long been worried about who their children are
talking to online, with much publicity surrounding the grooming and
manipulation of children within traditional internet chat
That threat has now been amplified within online gaming where
people old and young are regularly exposed to a barrage of abuse,
extreme bullying and even direct threats of physical violence. The
recent news surrounding the grooming of children online has only
heightened the worry that most parents now face.
Wewanaplay is helping to combat this threat with an innovative
smartphone based application which makes it easier for friends to
organise game playing times together.
'' Our app is already widely used by adults, but it was a
comment made by my sister whilst playing online with my nephew that
helped me realise how powerful we could be for parents. My sister
remarked that she only lets my nephew play online with people she
knows as she is frightened of what he might be exposed to if he was
This got Deepak Pathak (Wewanaplay CEO) thinking about the ways
his app could be used as force for good within online gaming.
''What we are finding is that surprisingly a number of parents
are actively encouraging their children to use WewanaPlay. The app
is actively encouraging younger gamers to play more often with
their friends, thereby helping protect them against the dangers of
playing online alone. My sister never lets my nephew play outside
alone in the same way she does not let him play online alone. The
app is helping facilitie this safer environment by giving parents a
tool that actively encourages playing with those that they know
Wewanaplay is now on a crusade to help educate even more parents
on the benefits of the app and we will be introducing even tighter
security features to reflect the needs of this newer younger
Currently the app only lets you communicate with people who have
accepted your friends requests, but in the coming days you will
also be able to lock your profile down even further.
'Parents realise that we are not a spying tool, rather a handy
tool encouraging their children to play safer online'
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