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Nick Yee,, a game player who also researches games and defends ...
A look at the potential cyberhazards for kids/teenagers playing computer games.
A quarter century ago, they worried that Pac-Man and Donkey Kong fostered attention deficit disorder.
A century ago, they panicked that a new pool table would trigger truancy, tobacco use and trouble in River City.
And when his mother discovered him lifeless in his own bed from an overdose of a variety of drugs, including morphine, which he purchased online, it was another chilling reminder that not all online predators are seeking sex.
Instead these predators are in the pursuit of profit, and they often strike a bonanza among younger computer users who know how to access their parents' credit card or Pay Pal accounts, but not how to spot a scam.
Few families have escaped the warning sirens about sexual predators stalking children via the computer.
It's hard to miss those Bay Area billboards claiming that 1 in 5 children has been sexually solicited online, although only a tiny fraction of those involve aggressive solicitations from someone believed to be over age 25.
1 problem," said attorney Parry Aftab, executive director of the nonprofit Wired
"Lots of kids think it's worse to be bullied online than in person.
"And of course word of it spread all around the school." Investigators have yet to pinpoint the perpetrator.
"When I do school presentations, this always comes up as the No.
There are the sneaks who use camera phones to take other students' pictures naked in the locker room and then display them online.