Kids who are active members of virtual worlds are learning how to socialize, how to be technologically savvy–and how to be good little consumers, CNET reports. At least, that’s according to a group of academics and researchers who met Nov. 14 to discuss the effects of virtual worlds on children today. Of course, virtual worlds are still so new that researchers haven’t had much time to study their impact on kids. But the MacArthur Foundation, a sponsor of the panel discussion, has invested millions in research over the next several years to ask such questions … (CNET)

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