An initiative by Flaktest Gaming has been announced, aiming to inform and empower establishments within Australia to ensure the well-being of children and young people participating in esports and related activities.
Called LANSafe-States, Flaktest has partnered with Zen Gaming Lounge in Melbourne (LANSafe-Vic), Next Tier Esports in Darwin (LANSafe-NT) and Wangyu Cyber Cafe in Sydney (LANSafe-NSW) to provide safe spaces for young people to engage with esports, while also providing resources for parents and guardians about games, the language around online environments, and how to encourage their child’s interest in esports safely.
Flaktest has also been in discussion with pastoral care and duty of care experts to establish a set of formative standards to help establishments provide these spaces for young people:
- Supervised Spaces
Provide access for children and young people to a supervised, enclosed space.
- Access to Technology
Provide access to technology for children and young people to participate in youth esports, community events and training programs.
- Practice and Perform
Provide access to children and young people to train and play youth esports with their friends and their Youth Esports Club.
- Play and Learn
Provide opportunities for children and young people to learn how to be responsible gamers, through healthy habits and learning journeys.
More information on the initiative is available here.