New York takes step to stop online gaming predators

April 5, 2012 1:12:43 PM PDT
It is an unprecedented step as all of New York State's nearly 3,600 registered sex offenders are blocked from online video games effective immediately.

The most dangerous child predator may be entirely invisible. Experts say interactive, online games are becoming a stalking ground for pedophiles. "Online gaming is not just a digital playground, it has the potential to be a 21st century crime scene," said New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Schneiderman provided a list of the state's registered sex-offenders to leading online gaming companies who, in-turn cancelled the accounts of more than 3,500 people. Experts say online gaming encourages and in some cases, requires users to interact with one another, and to send online messages. According to the Pew Research Center 97-percent of teens play some form of computer-based game and 27-percent play games online with people they don't know.

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