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When you’ve seen the name “Janice Dean” in the pages of RedState in recent months, usually she’s on her mission to hold Democrat New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s feet to the fire over his gross mishandling of the Wuhan coronavirus in his state when it comes to nursing homes. It’s a topic my colleagues have covered extensively, even as recently as July. I wrote one story about Dean calling out Cuomo — whom she referred to as “Mr. Wear Your Mask” — because he wasn’t — while taking an out-of-state trip.

In fact, within the past 24 hours, the Fox News meteorologist shared yet another photo with her social media fans, of Cuomo being a hypocrite on this.

In a snarky intro, Dean wrote:

Found this picture of someone without a mask on the internet today.

Now, the “Weather Machine” appears to be taking a breather from Cuomo to warn parents about what their young kids might be getting “exposed to” while playing Roblox, a popular, online game app geared to children — especially with so many using tablet devices for distance learning.

She wrote:

I’ve heard many complaints from parents about this game. And now with so many of them on iPads, it’s dangerous. Kids exposed to simulated sex and graphic images in “dark side” of popular computer game ⁦@Roblox – CBS News

According to Daily Mail:

Roblox is a gaming site where more than half American players are under the age of 16.

The CBS News piece Dean shared gives a primer on the site and explains how this X-rated content is sneaking into what was designed to be a kid-safe platform:

Roblox is often played on a smartphone, tablet or laptop, and enables kids to create themselves as virtual characters and explore different environments, pretend they are superheroes, raise pets and even invent their own games.

Some of these games, according to an article published in Fast Company, are written in computer code that bypasses Roblox’s child safety filters. That results in “condo videos” — images of naked characters who simulate sex acts and use crude language in accompanying online chats.

Fast Company Editor at Large Burt Helm told CBS News:

“But the most shocking thing is that you see characters that are naked, and you see that kids have coded ways for these characters to have sex,” he said.

Aside from that, Helm said he found some users even going as far as trying to get kids to start separate, private conversations with them on a different app.

That’s a point Janice Dean highlighted in her Twitter thread, writing that it’s up to parents to “monitor their kids” online:

To be clear, some of the games are fine. But the people that run the site can’t monitor everything and bad people get in. If parents monitor their kids playing games, it’s fine. But there’s many rabbit holes they can go down in these games which are dangerous.

One mom thanked Dean for her heads up to parents, mentioning that her son was “literally playing Roblox” while she commented:

To which Dean responded that her own family will ” probably ban it” completely:

I’ve heard from other parents they’ve seen similar stuff. Just talk to your kiddos and try to monitor. We’re going to probably ban it.

Daily Mail‘s piece included a statement from a Roblox spokesperson, which read, in part:

‘Roblox has no tolerance for inappropriate content or behavior. It is our responsibility to keep our platform safe, and we work relentlessly to create a safe, civil, and diverse community….[W]e continue to evolve our platform and policies to combat this challenge.”

What do you do as a parent to make sure your family stays safe online? Leave your thoughts in the comment area below!

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Thanks for reading!

Becca

Becca Lower
Becca Lower is a writer with RedState and formerly worked at IJR.com as a writer and editor. She grew up outside Cincinnati, OH, in former Speaker John Boehner's district, and currently lives in Mesa, AZ.

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