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#1 12 years ago

I'm 16, and know everything about "online safety" (ex: not to tell my name, where I live, phone number ect...) My Dad, on the other hand, used to be a cop and works in a security company thinks he knows what he's talking about that online gaming is a giant chat room and that everyone in games, are a stalker, predator, or someone that would want to "hurt" me. I've told him that those are only in CHAT ROOMS and not online games. I've played online games before and KNOW that it is NOWHERE near what a chat room is. The fact that some child sex offender is playing Battlefield 2 to find some little boys is the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. (Although my Dad claims it.) I even asked him if he could watch me to prove to him that it's safe, he came back and said, "Even if it's safe, I don't want to take a chance." What chances? IF(and VERY unlikly!!) someone even askes what your name is,(which NEVER happens because the only thing people call you is your online name), you can simply leave, and they would have NO way of coming in contact with you agian unless your on some friend list, which I would remove if so, or luck. (Then you can just leave agian and join another of the thousands of other servers.) My question, do you think that I can play online games with no hazzard to my safety?




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#2 12 years ago
wreck2;3264945I'm 16, and know everything about "online safety" (ex: not to tell my name, where I live, phone number ect...) My Dad, on the other hand, used to be a cop and works in a security company thinks he knows what he's talking about that online gaming is a giant chat room and that everyone in games, are a stalker, predator, or someone that would want to "hurt" me. I've told him that those are only in CHAT ROOMS and not online games. I've played online games before and KNOW that it is NOWHERE near what a chat room is. The fact that some child sex offender is playing Battlefield 2 to find some little boys is the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. (Although my Dad claims it.) I even asked him if he could watch me to prove to him that it's safe, he came back and said, "Even if it's safe, I don't want to take a chance." What chances? IF(and VERY unlikly!!) someone even askes what your name is,(which NEVER happens because the only thing people call you is your online name), you can simply leave, and they would have NO way of coming in contact with you agian unless your on some friend list, which I would remove if so, or luck. (Then you can just leave agian and join another of the thousands of other servers.) My question, do you think that I can play online games with no hazzard to my safety?

I'v played online games for years and have only been asked what country i live in......




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#3 12 years ago

Same here. I really only play ONE online game anymore and I know most of the players when I join one of the 3 servers I normally play on.

People ask me where I am located, but not so they can stalk me or anything. Nobody EVER asked for my address or Phone# though.




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#4 12 years ago
-=Mullet-Man=-;3265139Same here. I really only play ONE online game anymore and I know most of the players when I join one of the 3 servers I normally play on. People ask me where I am located, but not so they can stalk me or anything. Nobody EVER asked for my address or Phone# though.

When someone asks for your location, all they mean is state or country. (Mostly because you lag and want to know how far you are from the server.)




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#5 12 years ago

The sexual predator bit is absolute bull. Completely. Several people I met on IRC or through games have my mobile phone numbers, most of them know my first and some my last name, and a couple have my complete adress and personal information. And vice versa. Those people are people I've met through tickbased games though, via realtime games it's a big difference. Usually they keep it at your nickname, and the conversation you have with them is very limited.

Conclusion: people worry too much. It's really not as bad as people think.




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#6 12 years ago

well online gaming is safe unless you like CS there you got to deal with mental abuse




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#7 12 years ago

Your dad worries too much. You have a better chance getting abducted in the local supermarket than an online predator hunting you down through an online video game.


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#8 12 years ago

I was playing BF2 the other night, when some other player said he'd give me unlimited free weapon unlocks, he just needed my credit card # for verification.

:rolleyes:

^That^ highly unlikely exchange is much more likely to occur than some kid getting sucked into a pedophile's twisted scheme while online gaming.

I think your father is being a wee bit too overprotective. I can't blame him though. As a father myself, I can understand what he's trying to do.

Like STALKER said, you're far more vulnerable just being outside than you are while online gaming.




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#9 12 years ago

Well lets just put it this way. You have a better chance of being struck by lighting and winning the lottery on the same day than having someone successfully track you down through an online game.




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#10 12 years ago

That depends on the kind of game. I've tracked someone down before. I had his adress, name and phone number in like 15 minutes, because he wasn't carefull with the information he'd given in certain programs / sites.