what do you do when your kid starts ninja-looting?
Liz Lawley’s latest post on Terra Nova mentioned her consternation when a professional connection contacted her to tell her her teenaged son was ninja-looting an instance and would she please log on to tell him to stop.
Actually, this has to be an ideal situation, for the kids at anyrate. At school meetings we parents have been told repeatedly that problems like bullying and even drugs, violence and drunkenness with older kids are best combatted by families knowing each other. Kids are safer when the people around them know them and know their parents.
Most of the parents who are scared about what their kids might get up to online probably don’t even know to worry that their kid will be ninja-looting – but of course learning not to ninja-loot is as important as learning RL social conduct. What an ideal situation, having ones kids explore online in an environment where people who know them are around and able to ring or IM a parent.
World of Warcraft surprisingly enough can actually provide that sort of small-enough neighbourhood world – there are never more than 1000 or so people Horde-side online on my server, and that may be a small enough community to actually keep track of.