Clash of Clans, kids?

posted 3 years ago in Family
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Is there no way to disable the chat function?  It would be hard to take away something when he hasn’t done anything wrong, but I can see the safety concern.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@klhubb:  I don’t think it is safe to allow a small child into a chat room of any sort. Neither they nor you, have any idea who you are actually chatting with . Pedophiles go where children are, and that includes chat rooms. They are willing to spend many hours grooming a child for a meeting, or encouraging them to take and share pictures online.

It’s a definite “NO” for me.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

Is it possible for him to play while being with one of you so he stays out of the chat feature and can still enjoy the game.  There is NO way I would let a child in a chat forum

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I agree with PP–there should be a disable function or a chat with friends only function!

Mess around with the setting/menu.

But I wouldn’t be supportive of my baby being in an open chatroom!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

I think it would be hard to take it away now since you all have enjoyed playing the game together. As you said, you only have 1/4th of the say in raising him, so he could be playing it elsewhere anyway. Growing up, the Internet was relatively new, so my parents didn’t know about all of the parental controls and who could be contacting us kids through chat rooms and stuff. We never got ourselves into any trouble. Maybe you can sit him down and tell him how to be smart about the Internet like not giving out any personal information. I would also tell him that it is okay to play the game, but when he is at your house you would prefer it if he only played his iPad where you can be monitoring what he is doing on this game. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@klhubb: In contrast to beetee123, I wanted to speak up as someone who did get into trouble on the internet when I was young and my parents didn’t know any better. There’s still some lasting repercussions to what happened to me on various (Sailor Moon, of all things!) chat rooms. 

That being said, I think it’s important to realize that kids, like anyone else, will be exposed to certain things at certain times in their lives, regardless of parents’ attempted interventions. That isn’t to say that it’s not worth it for your piece of mind to take the game away, but realistically, if it’s the chat feature that he’s interested in, he could find a million worse chatrooms on the internet. If his major concern is the game, I would probably try to let it slide… but then again, I’m not a parent. I can tell you that even knowing I was putting myself into a vulnerable position didn’t stop me from visiting the sites I wanted to and talking to the people I wanted to. :S

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

@MrsRevolutionize:  Bouncing off what you said, I think this is a very important time to teach him about internet safety. Not posting pics or personally identifiable information (you’d be amazed at what a few hints and Google maps will do so he shouldn’t even mention the city he lives in or features of the city); NEVER post pictures, never let anyone know if he’s home alone or what his/his parents’ routines are, and obviously never agree to meet someone. Whether he is allowed to play this game or not, these are importantthings for him to know. 

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