Xbox a sex predator paradise?

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Viviana

Denver, CO

#1 Feb 1, 2010
I know we all think that it can't happen to us. "Not my kid," you say. Fact is that even the smartest, street saavy kids can be fooled. Make a concerted effort to be involved in your children's lives. These pervs are not only desperate, but stupid. I mean I know they have commercials in which hot people imply that they'll do you. Reality is is that you have to pay for an escort. Trolling messages boards and craigslist is not going to bring a sexual partner to your doorstep.
Steve

Denver, CO

#2 Feb 1, 2010
Xbox live is a place to enjoy games with people all over the world. It is sad that is now becomin a sex predators world. I will tell the parents that just check you childs profile to see what kind of message other people are writing. Xbox, Playstation and Wii are all fun, just be sure to check up on it. You can also file a complaint with Xbox playstation and the wii.
Politically Incorrect

Denver, CO

#3 Feb 1, 2010
So apparently XBOX knows who Romantic Devil is. Why did they just block him from contacting this one girl? All they did was let him know that he was probably being watched. He'll now just slip back into the nearest Democrat Party Headquarters office and emerge in a few days under a different name free to seek out another minor female. Why didn't XBOX call police immediately and pursue an investigation? Oh yeah, because of the money. That's right, I forgot. My bad!

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Duh

Jacksonville, FL

#4 Feb 2, 2010
Parents need to watch what their child is doing whenever they are on a device that connects to the internet. My Son plays games online on our home computer all the time but I also know what games he's playing. He is also told if someone starts to send him IM's he is not allowed to respond (this is just in case I forgot to set the parental controls to turn it off). On the WII he is only allowed to talk to his cousins via email. It's the same thing you try and teach them about stranger danger....if you don't know the person don't talk to the person.
Scott

Baltimore, MD

#7 Feb 2, 2010
You really need to learn to find facts to back up your claims. Did you even speak to the FBI to get any figures? You post a picture of an Xbox from years ago but claim to be a reporter. That's the Xbox, not the Xbox 360 you talk about in your video. I think you need to really look over your facts before you present them because you'll find your facts are more like opinions.
Wow

Turlock, CA

#8 Feb 2, 2010
Why is a 13 year old playing Halo and Call of Duty? Those are rated M for a reason, kids under 17 shouldn't be playing them in the first place. Poor parenting skills, mom and dad.
Greg

Onawa, IA

#9 Feb 2, 2010
Yeah, why are these 13 year old kids playing Halo 3, Call of Duty, and L4D2? M means Mature, which means 17+. The only way they got these "Sexual Predator" games is because Mom and Dad bought them for the kids.

And why are the people who are over 17, which are the games' intended audiance, misrepresented as adults masquerading as kids?

Hell, we'd be more than happy if they took all the 10-13 year old whiners off of Live.

Next time you might actually want to do some research, as is befitting a reporter, or else find a new career.
Jeremy

Fresno, CA

#10 Feb 2, 2010
Did anyone bother to fact check this nonsense? It seems you made at least half this "story" up and didn't bother to even research your subject to write an accurate report.

"The problem; often times the players are adult posing as kids, luring children through headsets and instant messages."

Really? Often times? How often? Out of the millions of registered Xbox Live users what would classify often?

If you're going to write something at least do it well.
Clemenstation

Toronto, Canada

#11 Feb 2, 2010
Fox News + video games = uninformed mass panic!

Watch out, these Sexboxes are really just orgy simulators.
FAIL

London, UK

#12 Feb 2, 2010
More ill-informed scaremongering.
Sigh

Spring, TX

#13 Feb 2, 2010
Today's reporting assignment for Heidi Hemmat:

Get the number of cases that involve predators and game consoles to back up the FBI's claim that it is the "fastest growing crime." Compare instances nationwide in 2009 where a child was approached by a possible pedophile through a video game console and all other manners of approach. What's the break down?

Explain to parents freaked out by sloppy reporting how they can protect their children from online predators, by explaining exactly how the parental restrictions built into all three consoles work.

Get a copy of the police report for Erica McWhorter's run-in. What was the outcome? Which city did it happen in? Which county did it happen in? Was a police report even filed?

Talk to the cybercrime's unit of the law enforcement agency handling the case to see where it stands. Is this happening a lot in whatever city the incident occurred in?

Track down Xbox 360 user "Romantic Devil" and find out a bit about them.(Like he's a guy living in New York City who is still using his Xbox Live account as of this morning.)

Microsoft say they blocked Romantic Devil, but he's still using his account. Did they also report him to the police? If so, what happened? If not, why not?

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Heidiisareationa ry

Seattle, WA

#14 Feb 2, 2010
Really bad journalism here. Note: the WII doesn't allow players to talk to other players. So according to your opening paragraph HOW EXACTLY do sexual predators get ahold of kids without being able to speak to them? Do they drive their car differently in Mario Kart?

The better topic should be: Stupid parents who don't spend 30 seconds configuring their console to prevent strangers from contacting their children, and the reporters who know nothing about how it works.

All the issues and topics in the world from the CIA's recent successes in Afghanistan following the suicide bombing, to how reigning in the deficit can worsen a recession, and this is what you cover.

I look forward to your next article: kids who laugh at other kids who fart in the middle of class and how this is ruining your children's education.

lol at "investigative journalism"
Heidiisareationa ry

Seattle, WA

#15 Feb 2, 2010
Viviana wrote:
I know we all think that it can't happen to us. "Not my kid," you say. Fact is that even the smartest, street saavy kids can be fooled. Make a concerted effort to be involved in your children's lives. These pervs are not only desperate, but stupid. I mean I know they have commercials in which hot people imply that they'll do you. Reality is is that you have to pay for an escort. Trolling messages boards and craigslist is not going to bring a sexual partner to your doorstep.
I think you are dumber Vivianna. Maybe as dumb as the reporter based on your basic knowledge of craigslist escort scene.
Scott

Toronto, Canada

#16 Feb 2, 2010
I love how the author can't differentiate between their (possessive) and they're (contraction of THEY ARE).

Also, this has to be some of the worst fearmongering reporting I have ever seen.

1. All the games these kids are playing are rated M for mature (17+) so their parents are irresponsibly letting them play them in the first place.
2. Blocking another user and submitting a complaint is VERY VERY easy on Xbox Live.
3. A closed system, run by Microsoft is 10x safer than anything more public, like, say, the FREAKING INTERNET.

Sigh... great reporting./s
UnnDunn

Lakewood, NJ

#17 Feb 2, 2010
I see no mention of the parental controls Xbox offers, which effectively prevent this exact scenario. A Windows Live account is REQUIRED to play on Xbox Live, and anyone who is under 18 gets a Child Windows Live account. Child accounts REQUIRE an associated ADULT account whose owner has final say over everything the Child can do on Xbox Live.
Among other things, the Adult can block all forms communication with strangers, require approval for all friend requests the Child sends or receives, block the Child's personal information (such as location or motto) from being disclosed publicly, and set the allowable ESRB ratings for games and other content available both on disc and online through the console.
The parents in this piece can and should have used these features, which are built in to the console. Microsoft has a website explaining all of this; http://www.xbox.com/en-US/support/familysetti...
That this article ignores all of that is just poor reporting.
wsc

Santa Cruz, CA

#18 Feb 2, 2010
"xbox a sex predator paradise"? being that i've been a member of xbox live since before the xbox 360 even launched, i'm gonna say that assumption is bull. i'm sure there are sex offenders who have xboxs and go online trying to get to kids, but i've never second encountered one or ever heard of one from anyone on xbox live. i think the real problem is predators using the internet to contact kids, not what hardware they choose to do so with.

this kinda reminds when fox news called Mass Effect 1 the "rape simulator" because there is sex in the game, even though all the sex scenes are PG13 at best.
wsc

Santa Cruz, CA

#19 Feb 2, 2010
Politically Incorrect wrote:
So apparently XBOX knows who Romantic Devil is. Why did they just block him from contacting this one girl? All they did was let him know that he was probably being watched. He'll now just slip back into the nearest Democrat Party Headquarters office and emerge in a few days under a different name free to seek out another minor female. Why didn't XBOX call police immediately and pursue an investigation? Oh yeah, because of the money. That's right, I forgot. My bad!
what do sexual predators have to do with democrats you one sided jerk? do we look like ants from up there on your pedistal?
ReindeerFlotilla

Poole, UK

#21 Feb 2, 2010
Misinformed, lazy, sensationalist reporting. Also there is no apostrophe in 'parents' the couple of times you've inserted one. That may seem like a nitpick but I think it's symptomatic of your approach.
gardenlevel

Littleton, CO

#22 Feb 2, 2010
It seems once again local news steps in it. As mentioned, these games are rated M, they're not for kids! In case you haven't figured it out this story made it on to a large international video game blog, I'm guessing this page will get mighty busy...
Ben

York, UK

#23 Feb 2, 2010
Another piece of reporting that just shows how lazy and miss informed fox news reporters are. If you're going to try and paint online gamers in a bad light at least do it with actual figures. or better yet, how about getting a journalist who is a gamer to report about video games?

I'm just glad I live in the UK and don't have to put up with this god awful right wing reporting.

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