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Online Gaming Scammers Targeting Children – Digital Families Podcast

Online Gaming Scammers Targeting Children – Digital Families Podcast

Digital Families Podcast Episode 41

Paul Litherland
Paul Litherland

For over a decade, as a former technology crime police officer and now under the banner of Surf Online Safe, Paul has dedicated himself to educating children, parents and teachers on the subject of Internet Awareness.

As a parent himself, Paul adds that extra insight to his presentations as he is more that aware of the fear and apprehension parents have regarding the internet and the dangers that are out there.

In this episode Paul and I talk about the very difficult issue of children being scammed via online game platforms where there is the risk for losing large amounts of money for families via the virtual currency available on games like Fortnite, Roblox, and Minecraft.

We also discuss “Sextortion” which is not just an issue for young people but people of all ages that fall into the trap of an online predator who blackmails them into sharing sexually explicit photos or video of themselves. It starts with an online friend requests and can end up with the victim at the mercy of an extortionist.

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Finding Safe Mobile Video Games for Children These Holidays

Finding Safe Mobile Video Games for Children These Holidays

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Snapchat, Musical.ly, and Instagram – 8 Year Old Children on 13+ Apps

Snapchat, Musical.ly, and Instagram – 8 Year Old Children on 13+ Apps

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A Parents Guide To Steam

A Parents Guide To Steam

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Dangers With Kids Playing Games Online

Minecraft Online Multiplayer Dangers For Kids This week I was interviewed in regard to an incident where an Avalon boy 13years of age, had made friends on the very popular Lego like 3D video game Minecraft, with a New Zealand Minecraft gamer, where the online friendship turned into every parents nightmare. Apparently, after playing online together… Continue Reading