Prepare for the Metaverse
You might be wondering why your insurer’s giving you advice on the internet of the future – The Metaverse.
Well, since the foundation of Allianz in 1890 we aim to prepare our customers in the best possible way for whatever life has to offer next. And whether you’re thinking about that next trip away, connecting with people from all over the world, seeing your favorite band or supporting your kids through some of their most exciting years, the Metaverse is likely to become part of you and your family’s experience.
The Metaverse Ready Guide
Start with the short videos, then check out Rachel’s answers to some of the most pressing Metaverse questions. And if we haven’t answered your question yet, then simply get in touch.
Understanding the Metaverse
Preparing your kids for the Metaverse
Exploring the benefits of the Metaverse
Overcoming challenges in the Metaverse
If you just think about what it's like to read about the ruins of an ancient city versus what the experience might be in that fully-3D, immersive experience walking through the ruins of an ancient city. I think there is incredible potential in education and learning, for the Metaverse.”
“There's definitely a stereotype about the kind of person who would use the Metaverse, and that stereotype is just that: it's a stereotype. These spaces are full and diverse and have people of all ages, all genders, all countries, and continents. It is not made for just one specific kind of person.
To protect your kids from cyberbullying, make sure you're keeping an open dialogue with them about what they are experiencing in these online spaces so they feel comfortable coming to you when something happens that makes them feel uncomfortable.”
“There are a variety of people that you can turn to for help. Whether it is the community manager of the space, whether it is the developer, or the publisher of the space, it's going to depend on what kind of disturbance you're experiencing and who's going to be the best point of call for action. There are several very good resources available online:
- Common Sense Media – a non-profit organization providing information about digital tools, digital technology, and the Metaverse specifically.
- takethis.org – resources around mental health and potential mental health risks and benefits of engaging in these spaces.
- Pegi.info (Europe) and esrb.org (North America) – information on gaming-specific content and safeguards parents can implement for their children”.
“Everybody wants a magic number about how much time should be spent in the Metaverse, and I hate to disappoint you that there is no magic number. It really depends on your child.
The best way to have these conversations with your kids is to have it be a negotiation. Talk to them about, "This is what I think is an appropriate amount of time," and they can say, "This is what I think is an appropriate amount of time." Together you make a plan. If they have a sense of shared ownership of that plan, they are more likely to adhere to that plan.”
“Allianz is doing a great job in helping prepare through education and signposting. These digital technologies already affect every aspect of our lives, and they will continue to evolve and impact more aspects of their lives if we can even imagine that kind of future. Signposting people to education and resources is really valuable so they can better prepare themselves and their families for any potential risks that lie ahead.
Just like we insure our physical lives, I think in the future, we will start to see insurance for our digital lives. Our physical and our digital lives, they're intertwined. They're almost inseparable at this point. It seems like a natural progression that we would want to safeguard ourselves in these spaces as well.”