Myth: Online games are safe if they use cute cartoon characters.
Cute doesn’t mean safe by any stretch of the imagination. The world of gaming is very complex because of the effect of graphics and issues with multiplayer involvement. It’s important to check out all the games your kids are playing.
Myth: Kids will not use their webcam for any stupid things.
The same conditions that lead teens to pose nude cause them to do dumb things with webcams. If you saw the movie American Pie, that’s not a Hollywood fictional situation but truly art imitating life!
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Myth: Handheld gaming devices don’t connect to the Internet.
The vast majority of today’s handheld gaming systems connect to the Internet, most by Wi-Fi. This means that our kids can connect to the ’net and communicate with others by chats set up through the games. Once on the Internet via any channel, our kids have access to the entire World Wide Web!