(NEW YORK) — For the first time, online video game networks are telling sex offenders it’s game over.
When kids play games like Call of Duty on systems such as Xbox LIVE, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says they may be playing with sexual predators.
“It is a really dangerous vehicle for people who would abuse this process,” Schneiderman said at a press conference Thursday in Manhattan.
Microsoft, Sony and other operators of gaming platforms that allow players to talk with each other anonymously over headsets have agreed to purge the accounts of more than 3,000 registered sex offenders that Schneiderman says had easy access to children.
“Parents often don’t realize that gaming consoles have chat capabilities,” said Schneiderman.
He advises families to keep game consoles in a public area of the home.
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