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."
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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:
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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