Predators Using Video Games to Target Children
Predators are using online video games to target children. They pose as children, teens or somebody the child feels they can trust. Then, they start conversations that lead to asking for personal information and even sexual solicitation.
A recent arrest of a local former assistant basketball coach has brought up questions of how to combat gaming predators and what to look for.
Executive Director of the Crime Victims Center, Paul Lukach, says the best way to protect your children is to be involved with them. Openly talk to them about the dangers of talking to strangers on the internet, but also talk to them about the game in general.
It's important to know if they are talking to anyone online, who those people are and what they are talking about. A good way to stay involved is to occasionally play these games with them and show interest.
Most games have parental or social controls that parents can turn on, but children can sometimes figure those out and turn them off. These controls can mute voices of other players trying to communicate through headsets, block friend requests, hide your child's username and filter bad language.