Nick Yee,, a game player who also researches games and defends the benefits of online games.Event in Mountain View, Ca on 2/11/06 Photo by : Michael Macor/ San Francisco Chronicle Mandatory credit for Photographer and San Francisco Chronicle/ - Magazines Out lesshaddock12005_Yee immersed in the game World of Warcrtaft.For several hours, while administrators scrambled to block it, the school site featured an obscene photo montage of the student's face superimposed on other bodies -- labeled with his name, a racial slur and gang slogans.
In retrospect, his own classmates posed a graver threat. One victim who became a crusader is Samantha Hahn, the National American Miss for 2005.
Silently he endured months of their online torture -- pronouncements like "You're a loser! Her saga began in sixth grade, when her best friend started a rumor that Samantha was lesbian.
It's hard to miss those Bay Area billboards claiming that 1 in 5 children has been sexually solicited online, although only a tiny fraction of those involve aggressive solicitations from someone believed to be over age 25.
What experts fear is that parents remain relatively unaware of the much more ordinary hazards for their children in cyberspace: Profiteers who run online pharmacy and gambling sites -- and couldn't care less about the ages of their customers.
There are the sneaks who use camera phones to take other students' pictures naked in the locker room and then display them online.
The parents of Vermont 13-year-old Ryan Halligan had warned him not to talk to strangers online.haddock12005_Yee immersed in the game World of Warcrtaft.A look at the potential cyberhazards for kids/teenagers playing computer games.And when his mother discovered him lifeless in his own bed from an overdose of a variety of drugs, including morphine, which he purchased online, it was another chilling reminder that not all online predators are seeking sex.Instead these predators are in the pursuit of profit, and they often strike a bonanza among younger computer users who know how to access their parents' credit card or Pay Pal accounts, but not how to spot a scam." Eventually, he began threatening to take his own life. Soon a circle of girls who dubbed themselves "the Evil Angels" were working around the clock to make Samatha's life hell. "Even now there are nights I relive the negative experiences in my dreams," she shared online.