It’s nice to see a plan working when the issue is as serious as it is in this case. 19 year old David Reiser of Parsippany New Jersey was arrested Wednesday after posing as a 15 year old boy in a chat room in an effort to lure a 13 year old girl to his home.
The good news is that the 13 year old girl was actually an undercover detective. Rieser’s plan was to meet the girl at her house and take her to his home, where they could act out some scenes from online role playing game Butterfly Fantasy and then have sex.
We’ve written before about the risk of not knowing who your kids are playing with during their multi player online gaming, especially if they are communicating online. I assume that Reiser and the girl had played Butterfly Fantasy at some point, or at least were discussing the game in the chat room where the sting occurred.
If you are the parent of a teen or pre teen who is gaming online, even with a seemingly “safe” game, please be aware of the following:
- Know whether the games your teen is playing enable player-to-player text or voice chat
- Warn kids, as many times as it takes, that people online may not be who they seem
- Convince your kids to never have a real world meet up with anyone they meet online
The most important elements are parents being aware of what kids are doing and with whom, and constant communication so that kids remain aware and vigilant.
Contact ThirdParent any time for help and resources for monitoring teen internet activity.