A mum has shared shocking footage after her six-year-old daughter stumbled across a ‘sex room’ within a children’s video game.
Peggy, from Sydney, was sitting next to her daughter while she was playing, when she noticed a character with ‘breasts’.
“I was sitting next to her and noticed out of the corner of my eyes that one of the characters and breasts so it made me look closer,” she told Kidspot.
Completely horrified, she grabbed the game off her daughter and filmed the explicit scenes, which can be seen above, before reporting it.
Launched in 2006, Roblox is an online game that’s popular among primary school aged children.
Peggy said her daughter had been invited into the private room by someone the girl thought she knew, but it turned out to be a stranger.
“Luckily, she had absolutely no idea what she was looking at,” Peggy said. “But I would hate to think about what would have been said to her.”
The room was promptly removed from the platform and a Roblox spokesperson said they were outraged to hear about the incident.
The spokesperson told Kidspot that a game can be built by any developer, and that the one who built this ‘sex room’ has now been banned.
“Our moderation team reviews all content uploaded into the game – such as photos, videos, and sound files,” the person told the publication.
“While we can’t review everything that has been built within the game, we do react quickly to inappropriate content once it is published.”
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It’s not the first time this particular game made the news. Last year a British father spoke out after he decided to check out what his sons were playing on their mobile device.
“I was asked to lay down on top of them and they started with sexual movements,” Iain Morrison told the media about his time on Roblox.
At the time Australian cyber safety expert Susan McLean said any app or platform or game that allows two-way interaction between your child and another player is going to have predators on it.
“And then the risk ramps up when you can have chat. That’s one of the features of this game,” she told ABC Radio Darwin.
Her advice was to maintain an “open conversation” with their children about what games they were playing and downloading, and always test any games before they play.
Parents should also be researching games online and checking in with parenting information on the website of Australia’s Children’s eSafety Commissioner.
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