If parents learn the games, it's the first step to stay secure.
Could a game a lot of your kids play open the door for crime? A Minnesota mother is warning parents about the dangers of online gaming after her son was convinced to share her personal information with a stranger.
You never know who is behind a game system or computer screen. In this case, an eight-year-old boy playing Fortnite in Minnesota was convinced to send his mother's personal information in exchange for V-bucks, the currency of Fortnite that lets a player purchase various upgrades.
The mother eventually found the child locked in his room with her purses and his phone.
Christopher Williams, the owner of Gamer's Nostalgia in Rochester, says most of the time, parents don't fully understand how these games work. He says if parents learn the games, it's the first step to stay secure.
"Take preventative actions to educate yourself on how things happen, how devices work, how people interact using the devices," Williams says. "That's the best way to protect yourself and protect your children. There are predators everywhere and it's our job as parents to protect our children."
It's not just Fortnite you need to watch out for. Any games that offer purchases and communication with other players should be on your radar. Most game systems allow you to require a password when making in-app purchases.
As for the case in Minnesota, police are still investigating but they say it's not a crime to simply ask for personal information.