Predators using popular games Fortnite, Minecraft to prey on kids, report says

NEW JERSEY — Predators are using some of the internet's most popular games to lure kids into dangerous situations, according to a report by TODAY.

A recent undercover investigation in New Jersey resulted in 24 arrests.

Accused sexual predators are using games like Fortnite and Minecraft to prey on teenagers.

All are facing charges of child luring, including a registered sex offender and a police sergeant.

Experts say these popular games are becoming a virtual playground for predators.

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Experts say parents should not only talk to their kids about the dangers online but establish ground rules.

Other important tips from experts include:

  • Never share personal information or photos.
  • Only play with people you know in real life.
  • Only allow game play in a room where parents can overhear and never behind closed doors.

TODAY reached out to Fortnite, Minecraft and Kik for comment.  Microsoft responded by saying:

"Helping keep kids safer online is a priority for Microsoft, and we provide parental controls for devices and gaming that help parents choose the content, communication and sharing settings that are right for their families."

-Microsoft spokesperson

Parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing online by making sure it really is just fun and games.