Emma - posted on 09/30/2015 ( no moms have responded yet )
I am a mom of a 11 y/o and 13 y/o daughters, 6th and 8th grade. Recently, I found this game called Fantage on the family computer. It turned out to be a game where you can socialize safely while the game monitors everything the users say, collect pets, earn money, buy membership, get items, etc. Many parents would think it sounds appropriate but NO! My kids know that they cannot talk to people they don't know online, and its not just that! I googled the game, and posts popped up about other parents complaining about it and how their own children have got into the site, or lied to their parents, etc. First of all, I found out about membership. It costs real money if you want "more fun" in the advertisements. Then, I found out the drama about "items", apparently theyre just pixels that they trade and I found my older daughter's Fantage username on YouTube(she and my other one saved their accounts) and it was about "scamming". It turned out that when trading, they so-called "double trade" and my daughter's avatar told the person to give her the item and she'll give something back in return, instead she deleted the person and left which was called scamming ... I may not be very accurate since I don't know how it works. There is so much RIDICULOUSNESS with so called scamming? I mean, swearing and posting them on YouTube for "proof"? Appearantly, scamming meant you promise someone that you'll give them something back if they give you something first ... Then you just take it and leave. I don't know how to feel about this or should my daughters be punished? Any ideas on age-appropriate conversations I can have with them?