Terrifying warning for parents that online games are a ‘honey pot’ for child predators with kids as young as SIX falling victim to monsters who also target them through toys
- Child sex predators are using popular games to groom children online
- The disturbing behaviour set to increase leading into the Christmas break
- Parents are encouraged to keep a close eye on their children’s online habits
Vile sex predators are using popular online games to groom Australian children, some as young as six.
In a disturbing revelation, popular games such as Fortnite have become a ‘honey pot’ for paedophiles, who are frequently meeting and chatting with impressionable youngsters via games, toys and apps.
It has prompted eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant to warn parents to consider what internet gadgets will appear under the Christmas tree this year.
Paedophiles are using popular online games to groom Australian children, some as young as six (stock image)
Parents need to have age appropriate conversations so children are aware of the dangers online predators pose (stock image)
Online gaming has become a ‘honey pot’ for paedophiles, who chat to impressionable kids online (stock image)
‘We are raising a whole new generation of online gamers and the risk of predation or online grooming is present in any app, game or social media sites that stimulate social interactions,’ she told the Herald Sun.
‘What we know about paedophiles is they find out where kids are and that’s precisely where they go, like a bear to honey. It’s a honey pot for predators. ‘
She also warned any toy, app or game that use chat functions can pose monumental risks to kids.
‘We have children basically being coerced remotely, having been groomed to perform sex acts for the camera in the privacy of their bedrooms or bathrooms,’ Ms Grant said.
‘In some of these videos, we can actually hear the parents voices in the next room.’
Ms Grant said it is vital parents have age appropriate conversations so children are aware of the dangers online predators pose.
Cybersafety Minister Paul Fletcher urged parents to use resources online when it comes to tech gifts.
‘eSafety’s Gift Guide help inform parents and carers about what to look out for,’ he said.
‘It gives practical advice on how you can help keep your kids safe when using tech, such as setting strong passwords or turning off location settings.’
Tips to keep your kids safe online
– Always use parental controls in apps and devices
– Set time limits for using devices during non-school hours
– Keep your kids in open areas of the home when they are using devices
– Always turn on privacy settings to restrict who can contact your child in apps and games
– Join in with your child’s online activities by co-viewing and co-playing
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