On the Digital Parent Podcast Internet Safety Expert Leonie Smith stopped by the show and discussed the dangers of the popular combat game app Clash of Clans. The popular mobile app that allows users to build their own armies (aka clans) and fight against other armies. Users can also join existing clans. Leonie discussed how predators target youth in the Clash of Clans chat room. The Chat room allows users to chat with team members when it comes to building their clan. The mobile game also has a global chat feature that allows users to chat with players within their region. Leonie provides an example of a group of kids at a local school playing Clash of Clans with an adult that were trying to lure the them to the most least restrictive social media sites to continue conversation.
Multiple parents commented on the Common Sense Media review of Clash of Clans. Some of the parent reviewers of the game reported the following:
Children can easily be caught in an online pornography trap using this game. Pornographers “play” with the kids here. After gaining their trust, they lure them to unfiltered social media platforms. Clash of Clans could easily block the names of the major social media platforms that pornographers use. They must be too busy making money to protect the children who play here. Hyper-vigilance is required
They should be 17 and older to use the chat options because my 9 year old daughter formed a rationship with a another kid who was older and he asked for her pick and she gave it threw Facebook . she is to young for that behavior. So mabe be aware of who they are chatting with on game apps or sites.
Here are some helpful tips to protect your child from predators
- Do not allow your child to use the Global Chat Period! There is a lot of foul language, bullying, and other adult type behavior in the chat room.
- Encourage your child to only chat with players who are friends in real life so most of the chat room consist of youth that you know
- Download the game and become a player. Join the chat room with your child and their friends and become a moderator for their chat room. You can get the other user parents to join the chat as well in order to moderate.