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Protecting Your Cyberturf: Facebook game worries parents

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - WBTV's Cyber Expert has warned you to monitor what your children are doing online.  She's even suggested waiting as long as possible before letting them have a Facebook profile. 

Now add another concern to your list.  An online game could be encouraging your kids to have cyber-sex and rewards them with additional points.

CYBER EXPERT THERESA PAYTON EXPLAINS HOW IT WORKS:

- Sims Social encourages you to build romantic relationships to any of your connections within their game.

- The more you play Sims Social by taking care of your neighborhood, the higher rating your profile has.  That alone might be okay but there's a disgusting twist.

- In addition to the more mundane activities of life, the more you "advance" your relationship on the game, which can include cybersex, the more e-currency and rewards you receive on your Sims Social account.

WHY THIS CONCERNS HER:

- It is estimated that there is a large population of Facebook users under the age of 18 - recent estimates say it could be as high as 9 million US Facebook users are between 13-18 and that assumes they all told the truth about their age!

- Kids on Facebook admit that they friend people they don't actually know

- It can potentially damage your kid's reputation forever with friends, loved ones, potential job searches, and college applications

- It condones this behavior as socially acceptable

- It opens children up to sexual predators

WORD OF THE WEEK:

TEXT BOMBING:  This is something that you don't want to have happen to you!  It's when someone sends the same text message repeatedly to the same smart phone and eventually overloads the phone. 

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