But unlike our previous hidden camera operations, where after leaving the house some men were able to make a run for it, this time things will be different. It was almost two years ago when Dateline conducted its first investigation into online predators. In two different investigations, in two different states, dozens of men showed up at our undercover houses after chatting about sex online and then making a date with a minor.
One man who sent obscene video of himself to someone posing as a 13-year-old was a New York City firefighter whom we then confronted. He was not happy when he found out he would be exposed on national television.
Fourteen-year-old Annie Cameron lives in suburban Chicago. When she meets Charlie in an online chat room, she establishes an instant connection with him. Over time, as the two bond by sending phone text messages and through instant messaging, he bumps his age up to 20, then 25.
Annie is taken aback at first, but comes to believe that the two of them are in love.
Both of our investigations were watched by millions of people.
It was the talk of radio and cable television shows for weeks.
was compelled to act by shutting down all chat rooms created by users and stopped the ability to create new user chat rooms.
Here’s an example of the kind of confrontation we’re in for: A 37-year-old, Kurt Lemke, a truck driver, calls himself “haloballfan” online.
But Ms Mc Lean said concerns about Roblox highlighted a broader issue."Any app or platform or game that allows two-way interaction between your child and another player is going to have predators on it," she said."And then the risk ramps up when you can have chat.
That's one of the features of this game."I think this is a very important warning for parents to not [just] look at the app or game developer's website.
(NASDAQ: YHOO) closed all of its user-created chat rooms due to controversy over sexually explicit channels aimed at minors.
After a Houston, Texas television station KPRC reported on chat room names such as "Girls 13 And Under For Older Guys" and "Girls 13 And Up For Much Older Men" that were aimed at sex with children, the publicly held business Yahoo!
Roblox was founded more than a decade ago but in recent years has ramped up its global presence and accessibility on various devices, with its developers today claiming 44 million active players.