What is happening in Habbo Hotel?
Since a Channel 4 News investigation two months ago into the online game Habbo, lots has changed both on the site and behind the scenes. Here is what has been happening.
Habbo Hotel – the debate
Four Habbo Hotel players, aged 15 to 20, debate the future of the game after Channel 4 News revealed explicit sexual language is commonplace – and rarely moderated.
250,000 primary schoolchildren persistently bullied online
A leading anti-bullying charity says that over a quarter of a million primary schoolchildren are being persistently bullied online, sometimes with drastic consequences.
Main investor pulls out of Habbo parent company
Following a Channel 4 News investigation into inappropriate behaviour within popular online game Habbo Hotel, its main investor pulls out and high street chains stop selling its gift cards.
Why I had cyber sex with strangers on Habbo Hotel, aged 13
A 20-year-old who played Habbo Hotel in her teens describes for Channel 4 News how secrecy and virtual sex became “addictive” – and the main reason for playing the game.
Habbo and online gaming: how do I protect my child?
As Channel 4 News reveals children playing Habbo Hotel can be exposed to violent and sexual behaviour, web safety adviser John Carr answers your questions.
EU: Improve moderation or we could shut you down
Following a Channel 4 News report into online game Habbo, the EU warns companies to tighten up moderation or face being shut down. But why does moderation fail?
Striptease and cyber sex: my stay at Habbo Hotel
Rachel Seifert writes for Channel 4 News about her shocking and sometimes sexually-explicit experiences playing the popular online game Habbo Hotel while posing as an 11-year old girl.
Should you let your child play in Habbo Hotel?
Tesco, WH Smith and GAME stop selling Habbo gift cards after Channel 4 News uncovers lapses in the moderation of an online game for teenagers, including interactions of an explicit sexual nature.