Dubai Police warns online gaming has a dark side
Senior officials have warned that some websites may be hurting impressionable youth by exposing them to crime
Dubai Police has warned parents of the potential dangers from online gaming and how some websites may expose teenagers to crime and drugs.
Major-General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, assistant to the Dubai Police Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, said: "Online games are not as safe as they first appear. These sites are educating children about how to commit crimes like murder and theft and some sites encourage them to join terrorist organisations. Some sites show how to commit fraud on social networks and promote drugs."
Senior officials have warned that children playing games online can often spark up conversations with others who may be posing as a teenager but in actual fact are trying to groom them into committing immoral or illegal activities.
Maj-Gen Al Mansouri advised that parents monitor the sites their children use.
Dubai Police has revealed it has blocked 38 websites which had been promoting drug usage within the UAE. Furthermore, they have deployed 4,279 electronic patrols this year to monitor websites everyday with the aim to block suspicious websites and games.