8-Year-Old Girl Targeted By Roblox Child Predator, Mom Says
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT/Gray News) — Roblox is a popular game among the younger generation, but many people have had issues with their children encountering inappropriate content while using the app.
According to WECT, an 8-year-old girl in North Carolina was targeted by an online predator.
They asked for the girl’s phone number through the chat feature on Roblox, and the conversation got worse over text messaging.
The girl’s mother said she has parental controls over all the electronic devices used by her children, but it was a shock when she discovered the messages on her daughter’s phone.
“He kept asking her for hot videos, and I mean, she was sending like an innocent photo of herself or like an innocent video,” said Kaitlin Clarke, the girl’s mother. “But you could tell, like, he kept saying more, that wasn’t what he was looking for.”
Clarke said she hadn’t planned on giving her daughter a cellphone at such a young age, but decided to do so in order to protect her if she found herself in a scary situation.
“With the way everything is going in the world these days, it’s like she needs a way to contact me or her dad or someone if something happens,” Clarke said.
Experts from the FBI’s Charlotte Division said it’s all about being aware of what your child is doing at all times.
Authorities advise putting strict privacy settings on their phones and tablets in addition to disabling all chat features on apps like Roblox.
“Inappropriate photos are not taken in the living room. They’re not taken to the bonus room,” said FBI Charlotte Division public affairs specialist Shelley Lynch. “They are taken in a child’s room or in the bathroom. Kids really need to understand that they don’t know who they’re really talking to online.
Experts recommend talking with your child about the dangers of online predators so they are aware and can alert you if something goes wrong online.
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