When I was a kid, my mother told me that everybody on the internet is a 40-year-old pedophile that wanted to drag me away to their rape dungeon.
I still follow that advice to this day, and I'm 34.
Ran a server back in 2010-2013. This is the kind of thing that led me to make it a 18 and up server. No fucking kids. At first it was all ages but there were just too many kids giving out too much information on themselves. I liked have a very close community that regularly texted each other or Skyped. it was extremely uncomfortable having 10 year olds join Skype calls with a bunch of adults. Just couldn't do it. Wanted no part of that.
This is so sad. Glad she is back home and the guy is in custody.
Damn, it sounds so obvious - pedophiles and Minecraft, it's the perfect combination
We had this problem on discord. We had a server full of people of all ages. Then this one kid who was 13 appears and basically hits on every girl.
We ignore him and that was it. Tell him to shut up, etc.
He appeared at one girl's house one day and were taken aback. After that. Only people 18 and up allowed. Kid has made multiple accounts to get past the bans but holy hell. This is becoming an issue no one wants to address.
I left that server when one mod said it was "Ageism" and removed the ban. The kid came back asap and was up to his old tricks.
I used to run a server with around 25-30 players daily, we started off as a very close community with around 10 players daily so it wasn't that big of a server to start with.
When I started to run adverts to get more players to join the server we had one dude join who immediately started 'flirting' with the under age population of the server, it was very weird and I did speak to him about it as he was making a lot of friends pretty quickly, I re joined the server the next day to find out that he was planning on marrying this girl in game, he was around 30 and I believe she was around 13-14, I was around 16 at the time so I spoke to my admin who was much older (around 40 y/o, she had a daughter that played on the server and they were 2 of my very very first members) and she spoke to him, it turned out his aims were pretty malicious on the server and he couldn't see anything wrong with it.
We decided to ban him, the uproar by the girl who he was speaking to led to her being banned after around 3 weeks of constant complaining. This was a really scary experience to myself and made me realize how much responsibility I had as the owner of the server, to keep everyone safe, especially because we were advertising our server as 'family friendly' so there were people of all ages playing, after this happened we made sure all our staff (moderators, helpers, admins) knew what to look out for in terms of predatory behavior and report it to us immediately.
She has grown up since then and still pops onto the server last I heard (I don't run the server anymore) and she is safe and happy.
That guy is disgusting! *shudder*