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Re: Predatory Behavior on SPN?

Apr 12, 2012

I know it was my fault for not paying attention to the EULA, and I will have to sit down with him and discuss my error in judgement. Howerver, he was playing Big Little Planet 2 which is appropiate for his age group and he mentioned they were random messages that would appear while he was playing.

Although the behavior was terrible, what he/she did is not a crime at this time. I just need to do a better job as a father protecting my son.

As for where I posted this, I probably posted it in the wrong area. I just wanted to get help and didnt know where to go.

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Re: Predatory Behavior on SPN?

Apr 12, 2012

Flamecat15342 wrote:

As for where I posted this, I probably posted it in the wrong area. I just wanted to get help and didnt know where to go.

No worries there; it's a big forum and challenging to navigate at times. As one dad to another, I hope you never have to deal with this sort of thing again. Best to you both.

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Re: Predatory Behavior on SPN?

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Omg, Im sorry for what happened to your son . There are some really bad people on Home who can just find someone to threaten and they think they can get away with it! I hope your son is ok now

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Re: Predatory Behavior on SPN?

Apr 12, 2012

I think you ar wrong when you state that this is not a criminal action:

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Defining Online Solicitation

Internet solicitation of a minor is the act of asking, coercing, or inviting a minor to participate in sexual activity, when the offender is over the age of 18 and he or she knows that the minor is under 18 years of age. Cases of minor solicitation often involve the sending of pornographic images, indecent language, and/or offers to meet in person. Soliciting a minor for sex over the internet is a felony in the state of Massachusetts.

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http://www.articlesbase.com/criminal-articles/online-solicitation-of-a-minor-2305095.html

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Re: Predatory Behavior on SPN?

Apr 12, 2012

Welcome to the Sonyland,unfortunately this type of thing happens every day.It's not limited to just Sony however,X-box has their share of pervs too.Maybe a Nintendo product would be best for your son if you wish to limit this kind of thing,not that they're any more proactive at stopping this sort of thing but their online capabilities(or lack there off) limit what perv's can do to a child.

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Re: Predatory Behavior on SPN?

Apr 12, 2012

While you're talking to your son about this, you might want to mention that the threat of hacking a person's PS3 is only that, a threat, and there has never been a documented case of someone getting their console hacked by another without access to their email log-in and password.

I'm saying that it's impossible for a person to hack your console if all they know is your screen name.  This is a pretty typical threat done by people who hope that the person they are threatening isn't aware that it's impossible.  It's like me threatening a clerk at a store that I could get them fired if they don't give me a discount.  I'm hoping the clerk's ignorance of who I am will get them to comply.  So, tell your son to not worry, and to never allow someone to scare them that way.  They can't hack your console.

A little extra security never hurts though, and if you really want to know your account and console is as safe as it can be, I recommend the following steps...

1. Create an email account to be used for that account that's used only for that.  Do not use this email address for any other purpose, and never use it to register on websites other than this official site.  The ones you really want to be careful of are non-official, fan-made sites.

2. Never give out this email, and especially never give out your password.  The most common reason why people do is to gameshare, and this is the most common way people lose control over their accounts.

3.  Pick up a pay-as-you-go credit card (can be found in most currency exchange stores), and use that card when making online purchases.  If your account does get hacked, then they would only gain that number, and so you lose nothing.

4.  Sony will never send you a message to ask for your password.  They have your password.  It would be like a parent asking their child when they were born.  Sony will also never ask you to forward a message to all your friends for a PSN card.

5.  I don't recommend kids to use mics when gaming, and I would highly suggest not allowing use of a cam without a parent's permission for each and every time.

From the bottom of my heart, I'm so sorry your son and you are going through this, and I wish I had something poetic or gentle to say about this.  The truth is, there are some really sick people out there.  Stay strong, smart, aware, and careful, and you'll be safe.

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Re: Predatory Behavior on SPN?

Apr 12, 2012

I've filed grief reports 3 times, and each time in the past all it did was just freeze my ps3 up and the report was never confirmed as being sent out. Sony needs a new and sim-pler method of reporting lewd behavior or TOS violations

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Re: Predatory Behavior on SPN?

Apr 12, 2012

Sorry to hear about this but sadly predatory behavior is starting to become worse and worse and Sony seems not very interesting in preventing it from happening. In fact Sony seems to be fueling in some cases. Of course a small part of the blame should fall to you as child of that age has no business playing online games in the first place. Especially in this day an age with increasing bullying and predatory behavior online.  Also take note that E rating is for the game's offline content not its online content. I would suggest in future your child plays the game offline.

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Re: Predatory Behavior on SPN?

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Flamecat15342 wrote:

I know it was my fault for not paying attention to the EULA, and I will have to sit down with him and discuss my error in judgement. Howerver, he was playing Big Little Planet 2 which is appropiate for his age group and he mentioned they were random messages that would appear while he was playing.

Although the behavior was terrible, what he/she did is not a crime at this time. I just need to do a better job as a father protecting my son.

As for where I posted this, I probably posted it in the wrong area. I just wanted to get help and didnt know where to go.

Yeah, this is not the place for LBP complaints. I would say to go to http://forums.littlebigplanet.com/ and post on the forums there. Those guys really take this sort of thing seriously. If you still have the messages mention that you do, and they can help you more than anyone here.

I hope you get it all sorted out.

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Re: Predatory Behavior on SPN?

Apr 12, 2012

I'm so sorry this happened. Had this been my child, I would have called the police while the perv was harrassing my child! If should something like this should happen again, just have your son leave the PS3 on and you take his place and call the police. This person has no way of knowing that he is talking with you and not your son. This way, his ip at least this account is open and the police will be able to see what's being said by this predator. Even though your son is not age appropriate to Home, this happens to all ages and we as a community need to work together to furrow out these predators and hope that Sony and local law authorities can eliminate them for our whole community to have a better Home environment!

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