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to think that Clash of bloody Clans is just another form of playground bullying?

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TimeForAnotherNameChange Wed 12-Nov-14 18:09:13

And that parents should supervise their children's particiapation in the game far more closely! For the third time in as many days ds1 has been invited to 'join' a classmates clan and has then been 'kicked out', with accompanying silly messages along the lines of 'we hate you, you smell, ha ha ha!'. It's petty bullying, plain and simple. I've spoken to a couple of the parents of the children involved and it's pretty awkward as we're actually really good friends ourselves. None of them, not one, had any idea that the kids could send messages to each other, nor that complete strangers the world over could chat to their children as part of the game. All let their children play completely unsupervised on their own ipads. All were unaware of the potential risks, small, but they're very real. One child had spent over £200 on in game currency after being given his parents password. Ds1 plays only on my phone with me in the room and I check what he's doing every ten minutes or so, and I check his message log every session.

And aside from all of the above the constant whining of 'can I play it now mum, pleeeeeease?!' is driving me nuts! Anyone else suffering from CofC overload?!

Preciousbane Wed 12-Nov-14 18:14:42

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LeBearPolar Wed 12-Nov-14 18:18:27

DS plays it but I have told him that he is only allowed people he knows in RL in his clan. I check his messages regularly and they are mind numbingly dull and ask who all the clan members are.

AuntieStella Wed 12-Nov-14 18:28:14

It has an age rating of 13.

CrohnicallyAnxious Wed 12-Nov-14 18:32:01

CoC itself isn't a form of bullying, no more than a phone or a pen is. It is however, another tool that's bully can use to reach or target their victim(s).

CrohnicallyAnxious Wed 12-Nov-14 18:32:50

Ooh, I have a new clan mail!

HmmAnOxfordComma Wed 12-Nov-14 22:19:47

Can't he just play offline? No bullying then.

Ds has Clash of Clans, Minecraft, various Angry Birds incarnations but plays them all in offline mode. He's 14.

CatIshoo Thu 13-Nov-14 04:29:17

I didn't think there was an offline mode for CoC? Unless it is a hack?

I can't see how the game would be playable.

TimeForAnotherNameChange Thu 13-Nov-14 07:48:27

There is no off line mode so I think you need to check exactly what he's telling you Hmm! There is single player mode where you can just attack goblin worlds but the global forum is still available in that mode. Certainly once the clan castle is activated all the chat options are available even if you're not in a clan. Anyone can send an open message, see who's playing, and start to chat to them. It's not just restricted to clan members, but it's not add easy to get someone specifics attention, admittedly.

HmmAnOxfordComma Thu 13-Nov-14 11:38:09

Ha! I did check with him last night...he said it's not offline, but he just ignores all other players! (Aspie)

The other games are all available in offline mode, though, so I don't get it when people say they don't want their kids going online for Minecraft etc. Just don't go online!

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