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.
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?
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.
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.
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.