Here’s another reason to closely monitor your child’s video game playing.
The popular internet games children play with others on the internet on smart phones or computers are also scouting areas for child predators, Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf cautioned.
Children are being solicited by sex offenders and others on line, beginning with them befriending a child and playing video games with their targets, while masking their identities.
“Pay close attention when your kids are on the games, be aware of any game they are on,” Leaf said. Kik and Tumblr are two apps that may be used by predators and games like Fort Nite and Mine Trap.
Police nabbed 24 men of various ages and backgrounds in another state who were using the internet and games to find children, Leaf said. If your child seems evasive or uncomfortable when you question him about a game he or she is playing, get a professional who can track where they have been playing games. The police would also like to know if parents have discovered a problem.
“Stop by the sheriff’s office. If there’s something there, we’ll come out and take a look,” Leaf said.
“Experts will tell you that middle and high schools student’s brains are not well-developed enough to handle all of the information on the internet,” he added.
“We tell our children not to talk to strangers in the park; the internet is one gigantic, global park,” he said.