Moshi Monster Menace?

Are Moshi Monsters dangerous?  No, they are cute, fun little critters but parents must ensure the cyber safety of their children if they play these games at home.  It is essential that parents have criticial conversations with their tots and tweens if they are allowing them to play Moshi Monsters or Club Penguin. 

 

5 Warning Signs posed as questions to discuss with your child. 

What do you do if:

1. Someone asks your name or email address?

2. Someone says something that you don’t understand?

3. Someone asks you something that doesn’t feel right?

4. Someone asks where you live or where you go to school?

5. Someone asks you to leave the site and go to another site?

Answer: Immediately tell your parents or a trusted adult.

In Britain police are warning parents about the dangers of sites such as  Moshi Monsters and Club Penguin.  Primary age school children are in danger of chatting online to paedophiles who are targeting children on these websites.

Parents have reported “grooming” incidents. One mother told police that her son was directed away from Club Penguin into a private chatroom by another user and was asked inappropriate questions.

On Club Penguin, which is aimed at six to 12-year-olds, messages between visitors are screened by 200 moderators to block “inappropriate” words.

Moshi Monsters, is aimed at the same age group.   It does not allow private communication, but parents complain that supicious users ask for children’s details, name, age, address, email address on public forums on the site.

Read more: When the Moshi Monster(s) is real – IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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