The Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) of the organization said Wednesday that Scan-command.com and Namcoarcade.com agreed to make changes to their sites to comply with its child-protection guidelines. CARU can solicit investigations by the Federal Trade Commission if a company continues to violate its principles or the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
Scan-command.com, operated by Knowledge Adventure, offers online games for children older than 8; Namcoarcade.com, operated by Namco Cybertainment, offers video-game previews, tips, discussions and news about video game software.
The agreements underscore ongoing efforts by CARU and other advocates to make the Web a safer place for children. In one of the highest-profile cases, the Better Business Bureau found AltaVista did not adequately keep children from visiting adult-only areas. AltaVista latermany of its community features, including bulletin boards, chat rooms and online registration. The company said the decision was part of a planned overall restructuring of its services.
In the past, CARU alsoWalt Disney for allowing children who register on Disney.com to easily visit the company's now-defunct Go.com Web portal and access adult online chat rooms.