Melissa - posted on 12/29/2015 ( 5 moms have responded )
My 13 y/o daughter opened up an account without my permission. It's a game called Fantage, where children can collect pets, make friends, dress up, etc. it sounded like a safe environment for kids and teens to me, but when I took a closer look, the users on that site are inappropriate and racist. My child has experienced cyber bullying on that site as well. When I found out the reason why she was being bullied, it seems like the avatars are angry because she asks to trade items (dresses, hairstyles, shoes, accessories, etc.) and then she dictates them to go first and when they give it to her, she just leaves and "steals" the items. They have called her a scammer, a liar, and a thief. I quit letting her go on that website as soon as I found out and explained that when I looked up the game on Common Sense Media, other parents have also complained about their kids being bullied and learning sexual content. I also told her that some things that people say on the chatrooms is not appropriate for a teen at her age and that they may be upset that she stole their pixels/items and asked why she did it....eventually, the answer came out and said that she wanted to be "rare" on the site and have lots of items. Fantage also wants money from the children, there is constant pressure that they should spend money on membership and buy game cards to get the newest currency, etc. It's targeted for children that are around 6-15 and has lots of games that are appropriate for the ages, the chatrooms are filtered and you can get banned if you use profanity but users tend to "sneak" past the monitor system and say sexual things and pretend to be naked, having sex, getting raped, etc. There's ALWAYS drama on the shop called MyMall, from what I've seen. Users argue about so-called items and what's worth, etc. and some get upset because they were being scammed or ARE the scammers and a ton of other drama going on. Should I block this site? My daughter used it for weeks and I never knew. I grounded her from the computer, gave her a phone that can only call home and emergency, set a password for ALL electronics so she may only access it when she is doing schoolwork or searching something up and I have to know first. She knew very well that she is not allowed to talk to others that she does not know in person - I have warned her many times of the dangers, and online drama may lead to fatal consequences. What else should I do?