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Xrated Xbox

For 9-year-old Michail Williams and 12-year-old Dashanti Wynn, video games are an innocent way to unwind and get some exercise.

Concerned mother, Michelle Williams, keeps a close eye on what's played and for how long. "As long as you do your work at school and you are on a good level, I will let you play it. But you are not going to play it for hours, hours and hours."

But this after school session on Xbox is just one side of the gaming world.

Gamers we talked to, like 18-year-old Alex Smith, say there's a darker, more intense side to gaming.

It happens when kids connect and play online. "Nobody can see you. Nobody knows you. You can say the most horrible, awful things that you would never say -- even stuff like sexism and racism will come out from kids that you never even had an inkling of that before."

Smith says some players are looking for more than just competition. "They did hit on me. They were like, so naked pics, naked pics is really what they asked for."

A lot of parents have no idea their young children are on the Internet with strangers while playing video games. The Investigators sat in on one chat session to see what your child could be exposed to on the other side of the headset.

This is some of the things they heard:

"Get the hell out of my way."

"This kid won't shut the hell up in my ear."

This is what we could play on the air. It didn't take long for the X-rated talk to start.

"I called you a fat f***. You called me a fat f***. Sorry."

"shut up, b****. No, you shut the f*** up."

Arron Bowles sells gaming systems and says parents have to treat online gaming systems just as they would an online chat room -- use caution.

Arron Bowles, Play -N- Trade, said, "The majority of kids are playing online now -- whether it's XBOX 360 or Play Station".

There are privacy settings to block access to the Internet and the violent content, but, Bowles says, most parents haven't read the pamphlet that comes with the system and miss the brief pop-up on screen.

"Anything online based, you need to worry about it. You need to take the necessary precautions based on your childs age, and content you want them exposed to, and the people you want them exposed to," said Bowles.

"I have had 8 year olds, 9 year olds, 6 year olds even, they will talk to me like they are an adult and because their parents are not in the room with them. tThey are by themselves, home alone or upstairs in a different room."

Now that you know what your child might be up to while gaming, you can decide if you want to take back the contro.

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