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Young girl's character 'gang-raped' in Online game

By George O'Dowd  Jul 5th, 2018 

A mother has warned parents to delete a popular online game from their children's phones, tablets and consoles after a young girl's avatar was "violently gang-raped" while playing.

Amber Peterson shared a distressing account of her daughter's experience on the iPad version of Roblox, which saw her character being attacked by two males - and then a female.

Amber Peterson wrote a Facebook post about the incident, stating: " I couldn't believe what I was seeing. My sweet and innocent daughter's avatar was being VIOLENTLY GANG-RAPED ON A PLAYGROUND by two males.

"A female observer approached them and proceeded to jump on her body at the end of the act. Then the 3 characters ran away, leaving my daughter's avatar laying on her face in the middle of the playground."

Ms Peterson also wrote on Facebook: "Words cannot describe the shock, disgust, and guilt that I am feeling right now, but I'm trying to put those feelings aside so I can get this warning out to others as soon as possible.

"I am shuddering to think of what kind of damage this image could have on her psyche, as well as any other child that could potentially be exposed to this."

To read more about this story click the link below:

https://news.sky.com/story/young-girls-character-gang-raped-in-roblox-online-game-11426298

ONLINE GAMING SAFETY TIPS

You should spend time with your children,  joining in with some of their games to find out just why they find them such fun. 

Here’s some safety tips to keep their gaming experience healthy and safe:

  1. Find out what sort of games your children enjoy – do they prefer role-play games, sports games, strategy and quest games or first-person shooter games?
  2. Why not play computer games with your children, this way you draw there attention away from gaming online or gaming outside their friendship group.
  3. Ask who they play with online, who they meet and talk to, and what kind of language is being used in live chat (usually via headphones). Gaming sites often have ways of reporting abusive chat and excluding anti-social players. Make sure your child knows how to do this
  4. Especially for younger children, change the settings on your tablet or smartphone to ‘airplane’ mode. That way, they can play the game offline without making accidental purchases or connecting with someone they don’t know.
  5. Teach your children to protect themselves – remind them not to share personal information and to keep gaming friends in the game only rather than adding them to their other social networks
  6. Read each game’s advice for parents and play the game yourself to help you understand more about how the game your child is playing works and its appropriateness.
  7. Check through their friends list and keep a note of anyone you don't know
  8. Let them know what kind of bad people exist online, 
  9. The saying "DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS" rule, applies  to online/ online gaming


CHECK OUT THE PEGI RATING IN VIDEO GAMES

The PEGI (Pan European Gaming Information) labels appear on a game’s packaging indicating one of the following age levels: 3, 7, 12, 16 and 18. They provide a reliable indication of the suitability of the game content for different ages. Descriptors will indicate the main reasons why a game has received a particular age rating. There are eight such descriptors: bad language, discrimination, drugs, fear, gambling, sex, violence and online gameplay with other people. If you’d like to know more about these see ‘Pegi games ratings explained’ from Parent Info

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