I've come to write this post as a way to open a discussion, you see... I really can't talk about this openly with my co-workers, so what better place than here to open the flood gates on a topic I certainly never thought about before. Sexual predation has become so common place in our society that it essentially is a punch line, an afterthought, another sad symptom of our decaying society. But when this subject rears its ugly head into the workplace, it really makes you think about it in ways that Dateline's hilarious "To Catch a Predator" series doesn't.
So if you haven't figured it out by now, basically someone I know of was recently arrested on possesion of child pornography. Pretty serious stuff, and as I write this I know the sensitivity and seriousness of the matter, so please do not mistake this for a "work gossip" type of post, in all actuality there are a few quite interesting twists to this story that merit discussion.
One fact that makes this case especially disturbing is that the accused is a teacher. It is absolutely stunning the amount of teachers that are arrested on these type of cases, especially here where I live in Florida. These people obviously seek professions with easy access to their prey, there ought to be a better process to prevent these people from getting into our schools, churches, athletics, and ...Xbox Live?
The accused, who from now on we'll refer to as FROMHELL34677 is an avid gamer and this name also happens to be his gamertag. I've done some research, aside from restricting communications and parental locking accounts, there really isn't anything stopping the thousands of FROMHELL34677s outhere from signing on to XBL and play anonimously... Should there be one?
I'm sort of conflicted, in one hand I definitely would like my online gaming to be predator free, but on the other I do not want XBL to become a gestapo state.
For now all I can do is inform you, the gaming public, and also provide you with a link to this story for dramatic effect. I would also like to encourage all of you to file an XBL complaint under Profile, there is no way to avoid the player unless you've already played with him, but we can atleast get XBL to take a look at his profile.
It's up to parents to monitor their childrens' online activities, and that includes gaming. If they can't properly supervise their kids then they shouldn't be on the internet at all. Microsoft has nothing to do with it....also, let us not forget that MS implemented Parental Controls and Child Accounts into the Xbox 360, they've more than done their part.
just the fact that games have ratings on them,and state that "Online Interactions aren't rated by ESRB" is warning enough. If they want to be more cautious of this,then don't let them play online,its simple. I feel like this is a post from Jack Thompson though now,about how video games are corrupting our children...Parents are responsible,thats the simple fact and only answer to this,ever. If people can't accept that and they want to throw blame elsewhere,those people shouldn't have kids to begin with.
"just the fact that games have ratings on them,and state that "Online Interactions aren't rated by ESRB" is warning enough. If they want to be more cautious of this,then don't let them play online,its simple. I feel like this is a post from Jack Thompson though now,about how video games are corrupting our children...Parents are responsible,thats the simple fact and only answer to this,ever. If people can't accept that and they want to throw blame elsewhere,those people shouldn't have kids to begin with.
Exactly. Parents have just begun to be more irresponsible. Its pretty sad that they have to blame everyone else for their inability to do their job.
Actually if there is an annoying little prick that won't shut up when I play online I act like a pedophile. I like to scare them into shutting up by saying things like "Hi little boy. How old are you? Are you 12? Ya, that's when your in your prime. Keep talking baby, it turning me on. Hey, maybe we could hang out sometime and I could bring some vasaline."
Yeah, I'm going to be arrested one of these days...