Attack Of The SexBox!!!! And It Came From Your Console!!!!

You know (sound of an attempt at a ratings hike).

that a reporter is desperate (sound of a clueless editor assigning a bad story)

to make something into a story (sound of someone taking a long lunch instead of researching video game consoles)

when a TV station (sound of a "reporter" quoting the "FBI" without really talking to them)

has to break a single sentence up (sound of someone failing to note that all consoles have robust parental controls)

with five sound bytes. (Sound of someone not realising the Wii doesn't really even have online chat.)

Today's reporting assignment for Heidi Hemmat:

Get the number of cases that involve predators and game consoles to back up the FBI's claim that it is the "fastest growing crime". Compare instances nationwide in 2009 where a child was approached by a possible paedophile through a video game console and all other manners of approach. What's the break down?

Explain to parents freaked out by sloppy reporting how they can protect their children from online predators, by explaining exactly how the parental restrictions built into all three consoles work.

Get a copy of the police report for Erica McWhorter's run-in. What was the outcome? Which city did it happen in? Which county did it happen in? Was a police report even filed?

Talk to the cybercrime's unit of the law enforcement agency handling the case to see where it stands. Is this happening a lot in whatever city the incident occurred in?

Track down Xbox 360 user "Romantic Devil" and find out a bit about them. (Like he's a guy living in New York City who is still using his Xbox Live account as of this morning.)

Microsoft say they blocked Romantic Devil, but he's still using his account. Did they also report him to the police? If so, what happened? If not, why not?

Sexual predators exploit Xbox


    Once again they have proved the world is shitty due to online gaming. Thanks again, lazy reporters-where would we be without you?

    Lol @ the n00b using the Kar98k in Nazi Zombies...

    i take offence to that story. they make it sound like anyone over the age of 19 is posing as a kid to lure them into devious acts. WTF!? sloppy ratings grabbing MUNTARD!

      I know right?.... I was all WTF? when she said "Adults posing as kids"..... I'm 34 and more of a rabid gamer than my kids. Does that mean I'm some kind of predator? I'd sue if this was an australian report.

    It's nice to see that they know parental controls are available...

    Even the green-screen editing was sloppy!

      Yep, it totally looked like someone's Youtube green screen effort there.

    Why dont reporters actually do something right for once? instead of giving out more misinformation.

    Instead of sensationalizing it, why not say,

    yes this can happen,
    Heres some things you can do on each console for those worries about it
    Parental controls,
    Block/Ignore/Report users


    Goddamn i hate mainstream news

    It's unfortunate that they sensationalise these stories. It makes it difficult to take seriously and parents will walk away more ignorant than they were.

    And if there has been one crime, and then there are two, is it fair to say it's the fastest growing crime because it doubled?

    That kid is a tool for wearing a cap, slanted, backwards, INDOORS. Also, he's 13, Halo 3 is MA15+ rated. Naughty naughty.
    Also, this news report is so bad, I thought it was self-parody until I found out it was real... SEXBOX!

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