How can you protect your children from video game console danger - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

How can you protect your children from video game console dangers?

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SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) -

With so many gaming options nowadays, many spend hours on their gaming consoles but there may be potential danger lurking beyond the controller.

"There are people that play it every day," said GameStop Store Leader, Anthony Lilly, who has been playing since he was a child. "Started with Mario Kart," he said.

According to the Entertainment Software Association, 63 percent of U.S. households are home to at least one person who plays video games regularly.

"Gaming has become a big thing," Lilly said. "It's a part of pop culture and PlayStation, Microsoft, XBox have really gone out and made it to where our gamers can connect with each other."

A great way to stay connected but a warning to parents.

Recently, Jennifer Smith, 34, a Bossier City woman was arrested for sending nude images and having sexually explicit conversations with a 14-year-old boy from Calcasieu Parish through his PlayStation 4, according to authorities with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. 

"Every device that you have that hooks to the internet are probably capable of sending and receiving information," Sheriff Mancuso said. "You have to be vigilant as a parent to keep this from happening."

"Not only can gamers play together but they can socialize, they can talk, they can share information, we can share game play streams, there's a lot of things you can do in the new online space now," Lilly said.

Those playing can interact with people from across the world.

So, how can you make sure your child is safe?

"Fortunately, with these systems, there are parental control settings in place with pretty much every modern day system," Lilly said. 

By simply going to settings, you're able to restrict certain options available like internet access or certain ratings of games. 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office offers free classes to classrooms, organizations, and others who would like to learn more on how to monitor internet capable devices all you have to do is call 337-491-7966 and ask for Lt. Rusty Broussard, rjbroussard@cpso.com, or Det. Chris Romero, cromero@cpso.com.

For a step-by-step on how to set up restrictions on your console click on the links below:

For PlayStation, click HERE

For XBox, click HERE.

For Nintendo, click HERE.

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