TV News Report Warns of "Cyber-Bullying" on Xbox Live

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TV News Report Warns of "Cyber-Bullying" on Xbox Live

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Keep an ear open when your kids are playing COD, or they might hear a dirty word.

Here's the short summary: Some parents just figured out that online gaming platforms like Xbox Live and the Sony Entertainment Network are a hive of villainy and bad words. An ABC News report from KABC in Los Angeles ran a report on the foul language and bullying that can go on while Junior is playing Call of Duty. A parent who regularly games with his sons is appalled by the level of profanity he encounters shooting bad guys with automatic weapons and the report shows how to shield your spawn from the barrage of bullying.

"Incredible levels of profanity, racial epithets, homosexually-oriented epithets. We're talking 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-year-old kids who are getting exposed to this regularly," said Kevin Roberts, author of the book Cyber Junkie.

A father of several boys, Matthew Kinney, said it's important to listen to what you're kids are hearing from other players. "Don't let your kid go upstairs and close his bedroom door, and sit there and play all night," he said. "That's crazy. You have no idea what's going on, who's saying what."

Finally, "Internet Safety Expert" Parry Aftab said that it's possible this profanity has no bearing on winning the game, but is simply meant to hurt the other players. "They may trash talk. They may be calling you names. They may steal their passwords. Or a lot of them may gang up on one online, not because it's a good strategic win, but to hurt the other person," said Aftab.

Aftab made sure to mention that Microsoft has teams meant to police their online service. "They have an Xbox LIVE enforcement squad that is one of the best enforcement groups looking for grooming activities and online sexual predators, as well as cyber-bullying," said Aftab.

As much as I would hate to have my parents with me when I was playing videogames as a child, I kind of see where these warnings are coming from. All of the swearing and homophobic comments I've heard - even when playing an innocuous game like War in the North on Steam - is a big reason why I don't like playing multiplayer. Some kids don't have the willpower or strength to have a tough skin to shake off potential abuse when they are 8 years old. Until they learn to play more civilized games like Magic, it probably isn't a bad idea for parents to pay attention to what is being said over the headsets.

And threaten to beat up any gamer who says the word "Boobies."

Source: KABC

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Seeing as how the WORST players I've met online sound like 8 year old...

Maybe parents should parent their kids before bitching about others'.

Protip: They hear worse at school. They always hear/see worse at school.

Tanis:
Seeing as how the WORST players I've met online sound like 8 year old...

Maybe parents should parent their kids before bitching about others'.

This is pretty much the truth.

Also...isn't CoD (and other multiplayer games where people would have mics) rated M? I mean...why would you have your 8 year old kids playing that in the first place?

Not saying that because a game is rated M, that gives people free reign to spew verbal abuse on whoever draws their ire, but it's kind of...yeah.

They've only just figured this out? Really? I've known about this for years. Most of us have.

They are just now realizing that anonymity+internet=ability to say/do whatever they want???

Why that's just absurd....

And what, prae tell, is the most stereotypical view of an XBOX-live player? An angry, swearing twelve year old. Yeah, I don't think it's the adults that are the problem. Nor the twelve year olds. *leers at parents*

"You don't say!"

Do any parents even read the ratings for games these days? It's really just plain sad. I mean, what are they thinking letting their kids play CoD or other games like that? I know, I know, gaming doesn't incite violence, etc., but do they still need to experience that at such a young age? What happened to the parents that said, "What's it rated? R? I'm afraid you'll have to wait 'till your older to go see that movie." When it comes to games, suddenly it seems like parents began thinking, "Oh, video games? Well, 'game' is in the title, so it must not have any objectionable content."

Frankly, I'm glad that my parents made me wait. <3

Bolly:
They've only just figured this out? Really? I've known about this for years. Most of us have.

Pretty much this.

I hold the single worst thing about non-competitive online gaming right now to be live voice chat.

"M" rated game. Also includes: ESRB warning, content may change online.

End of discussion.

I think we need to be very careful making sure we don't equate *any* negative interaction a child could have with full-on bullying, lest we dilute the term so much it lacks meaning anymore. There`s a world of difference between being beaten up in the school parking lot during lunch hour and being swore at on a service that you can opt in and opt out of at any time by players that you have the option to mute.

And I fully agree that 8-year-olds shouldn't be playing CoD, online or off, to begin with.

Kopikatsu:
Also...isn't CoD (and other multiplayer games where people would have mics) rated M? I mean...why would you have your 8 year old kids playing that in the first place?
Not saying that because a game is rated M, that gives people free reign to spew verbal abuse on whoever draws their ire, but it's kind of...yeah.

SEE: My previous post.
Parents don't parent, they only get mad at others.

Kopikatsu:

Tanis:
Seeing as how the WORST players I've met online sound like 8 year old...

Maybe parents should parent their kids before bitching about others'.

This is pretty much the truth.

Also...isn't CoD (and other multiplayer games where people would have mics) rated M? I mean...why would you have your 8 year old kids playing that in the first place?

Not saying that because a game is rated M, that gives people free reign to spew verbal abuse on whoever draws their ire, but it's kind of...yeah.

This.
Why the hell is your 8-year old playing Call of Duty?.
You think he is mature enough for violent games and realistically protrayed violence, but not to hear crude remarks?

Next up on the news, beehives: do you REALLY know what happens when your kids play near one?

Bolly:
They've only just figured this out? Really? I've known about this for years. Most of us have.

no shit, what have they been doing? sleeping all this time ...

Sh*t your poorly parented eight year old says.

DVS BSTrD:
Sh*t your poorly parented eight year old says.

I love how all of us get it, pretty much ever single gamer who has played an online game gets it, but parents don't.
This article would be pretty common back in maybe... 2001, but these days, what the fuck.
Are parents THAT stupid to only find this out now?
I knew parents these days are stupid, but holy fuck...

Also, I agree with every post above me, but won't quote you to save on space.

weirdguy:
Next up on the news, beehives: do you REALLY know what happens when your kids play near one?

ATTENTION PARENTS: letting your kids watch porn when they are 8 years old, is not good for them. Also, don't let them watch Chris Rock when they are 7. What else is obvious as shit... Oh! Don't let your kids watch Jackass, The Hangover, Role Models, etc. etc.

Greg Tito:
"Incredible levels of profanity, racial epithets, homosexually-oriented epithets. We're talking 8-, 9-, 10-, 11-year-old kids who are getting exposed to this regularly,"

What the what? It is those kids who are the ones spouting it because the parents throw COD in front of them to act as a babysitter, don't teach them right from wrong, nor punish them for bad behavior. I'm willing to bet they learned most of it from their parents, and suppliment it with what they pick up online. OH MY GAWD SHOCKER!

donssword:
"M" rated game. Also includes: ESRB warning, content may change online.

End of discussion.

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You would think that would deter parents from buying games for their kids, but...

Torrasque:

DVS BSTrD:
Sh*t your poorly parented eight year old says.

I love how all of us get it, pretty much ever single gamer who has played an online game gets it, but parents don't.
This article would be pretty common back in maybe... 2001, but these days, what the fuck.
Are parents THAT stupid to only find this out now?
I knew parents these days are stupid, but holy fuck...

Also, I agree with every post above me, but won't quote you to save on space.

Well thanks for quoting me. It's nice to know someone bothered to read my post after the most important points had already been made.

I am surprised it has taken them a whole console generation to figure this out. I know online play has been around longer but it has taken off like never before this gen.

You do know, when it comes to games like "Call Of Duty" these kids shouldn't be on these servers to begin with. If I'm playing a game aimed at a fairly mature, or at least teenage audience, I am not going to conduct myself with the level of decorum that would be appropriate for 8 year olds being around because there aren't supposed to be any around.

What's more if your concerned about "bullying", understand that while I mostly play MMOs, when I run into a young child that shouldn't be in the game (of any sort) I have been a part of efforts to drive them off, because to be honest in a T or M rated game he shouldn't be there to begin with and his continued prescence creates all kinds of problems, one of which is having to be concerned with their prescence and having to walk on eggshells.

To be honest I'm not sure if the community using bullying to chase kids out of a community that shouldn't be there to begin with is a bad thing. That's a form of policing that probably should have already taken place with the parents saying "no" when their little kid wanted the T or M rated game.

Understand gaming is intended to be something where you can put your hair down and relax. A lot of the foul language and uncouth, and un-politically correct behavior is part of that. People who have to play the role of being nice, entirely tolerant, and polite all day at work or at school in the face of a lot of jerks (obnoxious customers, etc...) want to let their hair down and let off some steam. The kind of language and venting (which is just that as opposed to heartfelt racism in many cases) that you see is typical of sitting around with the guys or hanging out in a bar where your known. It's nothing unusual for adults, or even teenagers who we all know aren't exactly the most polite people in the world when they are off on their own kicking back. You don't let 8 year olds wander around unattended in bars or teenage coffee houses for a reason, and that reason isn't just to protect them from human predators or fear that they are going to saunter up to the bar and bite the neck off a bottle of JD like a bad cowboy movie and start guzzling. You let your kid into CoD, or WoW, that's just like letting them hang out in a bar populated by off duty longshoremen (or really anyone), your going to hear crap that doesn't fly in polite society because the entire point is that they are not supposed to be in polite society. When I play a game that isn't suitable for little kids, I do not want to have to act like I would if I was walking around an elementary school.

In short, while many people might disagree with me, I think this is more or less a non-issue. Kids of the age being discussed aren't supposed to be playing anything above the "E" level for a reason, and parents who don't respect tht have no right to complain. What happens to their kid is on them, not the community, or the service providers.

As far as those shocked by the stupidity of parents, understand that this point also isn't really "stupid". It's called "rabble rousing" it's actually very intelligent because the points are being made to incite attention FROM stupid people, knowing that simply because a kid is involved the ignorant are going to rally, which gives the people involved five minutes of fame... and also promotes the "experts" who want to get their books out there to the intended audience. Basically the people who are dumb enough to not understand this are the target, but wouldn't themselves be able to bring this to anyone's attention. Like it or not there are people out there who will embrace anything that tells them their failings as a parent (or anything else) are not their fault, and buy products like books that will tell them what they want to hear.

"Parental involvement is key"
"Proactive parenting will keep your kids safe"

What is this?! Parenting?! But I just want to sit my kid in front of the electronic baby sitter!

The problem is obviously with people, not necessarily the games.

you know, sometimes you have to wonder how bad parents people can be to:

1. buy your kid a game that he is not old enough for
2. not scouting out if it will expose your kids to vulgar and violence
3. not utilizing safety measures that block your kid from communicating with other people
4. not spending time with your kid long enough to realize that he is being exposed to vulgar
5. blaming others for your own stupidity

People are swearing on the internet, or even then, an M rated game?

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At least these people are not biased against video games in general. Or better yet, there are parents who are actually watching their damned kids for once. (aside from letting an 8 year old play Call of Duty.)

donssword:
"M" rated game. Also includes: ESRB warning, content may change online.

End of discussion.

This should be true. Sadly most parents do a complete HURRR DUURRRR and fail to grasp the basic concepts of Game ratings, or any ratings for that matter. We need to educate parents, failing that we need to beat them over the head with big sticks for being so fucking stupid. Either or.

What the bloody hell is an 'internet safety expert'?

And how do I get a hack job as one. I can spout shit to close-minded parents trying to shift the blame for their failures.

Whatever. People have been cussing me out online since I was 12, and I turned out just fine.

People are way too sheltering of their kids. Just because little Johnny hears the word "fuck" every once in a while, that isn't going to turn him into some drug-addicted felon rapist or something. It's also not going to make him kill himself, unless he was already mentally unstable.

Long story short: Parents are stupid. A well-adjusted child is not going to freak out over profanity or racial slurs, nor are they impressionable enough to let it influence them.

Umm....Correct me if I'm wrong, but those games are rated M, right?

Why are parents letting their 8-10 year olds play it?

I guess maybe now parents might actually have a care what they let little Timmy play and will actually monitor his gaming consumption instead of using the Xbox like an electronic nanny.

Ha, of course they won't.

DVS BSTrD:

Torrasque:

DVS BSTrD:
Sh*t your poorly parented eight year old says.

I love how all of us get it, pretty much ever single gamer who has played an online game gets it, but parents don't.
This article would be pretty common back in maybe... 2001, but these days, what the fuck.
Are parents THAT stupid to only find this out now?
I knew parents these days are stupid, but holy fuck...

Also, I agree with every post above me, but won't quote you to save on space.

Well thanks for quoting me. It's nice to know someone bothered to read my post after the most important points had already been made.

No problemo mon ami
Yours just stood out because of that sickening plague that hit youtube a few weeks ago called "shit X people say"

Torrasque:

DVS BSTrD:

Torrasque:
I love how all of us get it, pretty much ever single gamer who has played an online game gets it, but parents don't.
This article would be pretty common back in maybe... 2001, but these days, what the fuck.
Are parents THAT stupid to only find this out now?
I knew parents these days are stupid, but holy fuck...

Also, I agree with every post above me, but won't quote you to save on space.

Well thanks for quoting me. It's nice to know someone bothered to read my post after the most important points had already been made.

No problemo mon ami
Yours just stood out because of that sickening plague that hit youtube a few weeks ago called "shit X people say"

You know I never even noticed that was a thing Until JustsomeRandom Guy did it with Spiderman and Batman.

Hold the phone, did I just read parents are bitching about the profanity in xbox live voice chat in games like CALL OF DUTY (rated M for MATURE 18). Now i'm not saying to follow the ratings like some sort of Nazi because I was playing violent video games WELL before 8 but if you're a parent and you buy the little shits M rated games, wtf did you expect to happen?

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