Today's lead story.
“Sexual predators are taking advantage of young people’s willingness to add strangers as online contacts out of a sense of ‘competition’ over their popularity,” starts the article.
“They are also increasingly likely to use gaming platforms such as Xbox Live to target children,” it continues, citing “researchers.” It uses an image of an Xbox at this point.
Not a 360, an Xbox.
“Many are spending up to six hours a day on online ‘fishing expeditions’ where they work though up to 200 contacts until they find a vulnerable child willing to interact with them,” it says.
“Researcher Prof Julia Davidson said: ‘Conversation between an online offender and a child can now become sexualised within two minutes. On social networking sites, if the child does not respond, the offender will simply move on to the next child.’”
We’ve no doubt that there are shitty people out there, but I’m missing the bit where the Xbox is linked here other than the fact that the console is online.
“The alarming findings come from a study of police logs of online conversations as well as 33 interviews with convicted offenders in Britain, Belgium and Norway. It concluded that ‘the anonymous, disinhibiting properties of the internet’ allowed sexual approaches to be made almost instantly.”
“Prof Davidson, from Kingston University, added: ‘During our interviews, offenders said they didn’t need to bother with a grooming process when they could immediately ask children for sex or to meet so they could abuse them.’”
The Metro concludes with this. “She added that children were always online via android mobiles which could not be programmed with parental settings.” Like this?