Is Your Child's Self-Esteem For Sale?
June 22, 2017
Hosted by Opal Singleton
This week we will explore “FREEMIUMS" and the world of online gaming. The video game industry is expected to reach $102.9 BILLION IN 2017. Game makers all over the globe have discovered a most lucrative revenue generator called “FREEMIUMS.” "FREEMIUMS" are defined as "a business model that provides a game to players free of charge, but charges a premium fee for special features, powers or content. Game designers purposely make the game as difficult as possible to progress within the game so you will buy upgrades, power ups and equipment that will raise your score. It was reported last year that 76% of iPhone app revenue came from in-app purchases. In a video game, the player's score determines their acceptance and/or rejection by their teammates. This means game players are ensuring the difficulty in succeeding and ultimately the player will "pay" for acceptance and success. A gaming chat room is open season for grooming and influencing a young player’s ideas on many subjects.
EXPLOITED: Crimes Against Humanity
Thursday at 7 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel
This program is designed to educate first responders, civic leaders, social workers, education professionals, faith based leaders and parents about how predators access, groom, recruit and exploit victims into prostitution and sextortion. We analyze real cases from the perspective of Law Enforcement, the victim, and the perpetrator. We look at hard core trafficking cases and how law enforcement is able to intervene. We examine cases of child pornography and the Dark Web. We examine how predators use apps, chatrooms, games and the latest technologies. We discuss the impact of gangs and cartels on human exploitation. We also look at trends in global human trafficking. Our goal is to build a global interactive community of individuals empowered to eradicate human exploitation. EXPLOITED: Crimes Against Humanity is broadcast live every Thursday at 7 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.
Opal Singleton is a global human trafficking and child pornography expert. She has trained tens of thousands of first responders, government and civic leaders, faith based leaders and education administrators about how predators groom and recruit innocent victims into prostitution and exploitation. Opal works with the Riverside County (CA) Anti Human Trafficking Task Force through a Department of Justice grant. Opal sits with parents of missing kids and assists teens in trouble through social media. Opal is the President and CEO of Million Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating child sex trafficking. She has authored a book “Seduced: The Grooming of America’s Teenagers” to educate parents and grandparents and educators about how predators use apps, chatrooms, online video gaming and social media to exploit young people. Opal is on the Board of Rapha House serving human trafficking victims in Cambodia, Thailand and Haiti. She is an Instructor for the USC Sol Price Institute for Safe Communities training law enforcement administrators and is an Instructor for the Los Angeles Fire Training Academy. Opal retired in 2000 after a lifelong career in international marketing having accrued nearly three million frequent flyer miles. Opal is passionate about protecting families and youth from predators and is dedicated to providing an in-depth global interactive internet training program to educate leaders around the world to stop human exploitation and trafficking.