Dangers Of Role-play Warning to Parents
Role-play can be defined in many terms, it can be combative such as in the manner of SEMCS or D&D. It can be used for the development of stories and entertainment. Yet at the same time, it can have a more sinister meaning, it can be lore to drag people into a world of mental harm, turmoil and suffer. I am not talking about horror role-play, I am talking about the darkest parts of role-play, the role-play of seduction, BDSM and child abuse.
Over the year there has been many healthy groups and forums all across the internet that cater and support healthy and positive role-play. There have been healthy communities that use role-play in a positive light, communities that generally seek to have fun and share expansive stories. Yet at the same time, there are communities that use the mere concept of role-play as a measure to hurt those that seek to take part. Even using the broad term of role-play (The partaking of a character that has little to no connection to you) and using it to harm those of all ages. But today in this article I want to uncover the dark truth of role-play with children and minors. A truth that many parents have ignored…
Dark roleplay or sexual roleplay is roleplay in the context used for online explorations of the darkest desires. Often “Dark or sexual roleplay” refers to BDSM and high sexual contexts in its nature. Even more disturbingly Dark Sexual roleplay is often targeted and geared towards children. It pushes them to partake in actions and events they would never normally partake of at their age. It forces them to confront situations and scenarios in which they are not mature enough to handle. Indoctrinating them into events such as sex is meant to be violent. That acts of sex are not for the manner of two lovers, but rather is supposed to be casual, and that their bodies are mere possessions in which anyone willing to dominate them should be allowed to have. Do to this pedophiles and other violent offenders are often found in communities that support sexual RP and specifically bondage RP.
Across several Major 3d roleplaying sites such as IMVU & Second life (just to name two) Roleplay has taken a dark turn and not in the context of “dark fantasy RPG”. Rather children as young as the age of twelve are being allowed if not forced at times to become sexual slaves of men and women often in their 30s, 40’s and 50’s. On-site such as Imvu that house an AP or adult pass standard to try to separate the adults from children, the predators are purchasing the pass for minors.
But what harm does this truly cause? Why should I be worried about my children?
Children under the age of 15,16 years old are not mentally mature enough to handle explicit images or sexual content alone. No less engaging in activities such as online cybering (digital sex played out on a website or chat program) or often leading to exposing themselves through video. When combined with the disgusting and indecent prospect that all forms of sexual activity should and must contain a degree of violent it begins to skew their minds. These victims often feel powerful at first thus they hide it from their parents. Often however it then turns into a nightmare with these sick predators pushing for video connections, personal contacts and yes in many cases leading to them forcing the child into meeting up with them. This leads to child abduction, rape, and molestation. For those of consenting age such as 16 in the UK. It can lead to the most perverse outlooks on sexual nature, often leading the victim to blur the lines themselves and perpetuate the same crimes.
Warning signs to look out for.
Like many things with children, there are warning signs to watch out that your child may be the victim of sexualized or dark roleplay online. Here are just a few warning signs to watch out for as your child explores the world of roleplay (while mostly positive can be dark)
1. Withdrawing from their family and school life to spend more time on the computer.
2. Acting out on home, often leading to inappropriate conduct, not of their age.
3. Using new terms such as bound, gagged, penetrate.
4. Acting in a highly sexualized manner before proper age.
5. Being secretive, keeping their account password changed and refusing to give you access.
6. The sudden rise of adult friends, much older than they.
7. A sudden interest in darker content, often exhibiting dark or bloody sexual scenes.
While some of these warning signs may be innocent, or conductive such as withdraw, that your child just likes a group of online friends. Many of these signs should be investigated until the parent is satisfied that there is nothing occurring negatively in the background.
Remember it is up to the parent to make sure their child is safe at home and online. Don’t let a child force you to “understand” what they want. After all, if they knew better, they wouldn’t be a child.