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John Carr told us: “A moderator should be jumping in right now as it’s not hard to see where this is going before it gets a lot worse.
This is very worrying and going in a very bad direction.
One, Matthew Leonard, was recently jailed for seven years – one of the longest prison sentences of this kind due to the nature of the case.
Leonard used Habbo Hotel to befriend youngsters who he then persuaded to go off the site, in return for free “furniture” for their room, which would normally cost users money.
Seemingly innocent, Habbo Hotel, with its bright colours, pink teddy bears, flashing lights, and roaming ponies, is one of a growing number of virtual worlds created for kids.
There should be the equivalent of the virtual fire-brigade jumping in on this, but it’s not happening.If you want to think about dating as a numbers game (and apparently many people do), you could probably swipe left/right between 10 – 100 times in the span of time that it would take you to interact with one potential date in ‘real-life’.With the popularity of sites like e Harmony, match.com, OKcupid and literally thousands of similar others, the stigma of online dating has diminished considerably in the last decade.Any room that is set up to clearly signal cybering activities will immediately be shut down.” However, the case of Habbo Hotel highlights a major problem with games targeted at children in an industry which is self-regulated.
Channel 4 News has passed the findings of the investigation to the government.“Within two minutes I was being asked individually ‘do you have a webcam?