What Every Parent Needs To Know About Roblox
Posted: Jun 15, 2019
Gamers are a loyal bunch. Some are devoted to Fortnite. Some love Minecraft. And around the world, some several million are majorly into Roblox. Offering both intense multiplayer gaming and a sophisticated game-building tool, Roblox delivers variety, creativity, competition, and socializing much of it for free. You can even make money on Roblox by earning free Robux.
Roblox has the potential to be a learning tool similar to Minecraft, but it has its downsides. Because all of its content is user-generated, kids can be exposed to a range of material. Much of it is age-appropriate for tweens and teens.
Some of it is just annoying, such as advertising and incessant demands to buy "Robux," Roblox‘s in-game currency. And a sliver of it is very concerning, such as predatory behaviour.
However, with careful attention to red flags, privacy settings, and other safety precautions, kids can have a rich and thrilling experience playing Roblox.
But your understanding of how it works, and how your kids can use it safely, is key. Learn more about the pros and cons of this immersive, creative, and powerful multiplayer gaming service.What age is Roblox for?
Roblox doesn’t specify a minimum age. Users of any age can create and join groups, chat, and interact with others. The company’s commitment to the theory of "constructivism," which promotes the educational benefits of curiosity, designing, and building, is in theory appropriate for anyone who can navigate through a game.
In practice, though, such an open approach can pose some risks to kids, especially younger ones. And though Roblox has some safety precautions in place, it remains a target of people with less-than-good intentions.
Still, because of the learning potential Roblox offers, Common Sense Media rates it OK for users age 10+.
We urge parents to help kids protect themselves by enabling privacy settings, teaching them how to recognize the methods that online predators use to win kids’ trust and exploit them, and showing kids how to report bad behaviour and block users.What Are their parental controls for Roblox Roblox offers account controls that let parents restrict how kids can interact on the site. You can control whether kids can be contacted, who can message them.
who can chat with them, and do a few other things in the contact settings To enable these settings, you add your email address to your kid’s account and create a PIN that prevents kids from changing the settings back.
The account controls are optional; kids of any age can create an account on Roblox with no parental restrictions On accounts of kids under 13, Roblox automatically defaults to stricter settings, but a kid could change these if there’s no parent PIN.Is there chat on Roblox, and is it safe?
Roblox encourages users to interact through its Chat & Party function. All chat is filtered, which means inappropriate language is replaced by hashtag symbols. Chatting in accounts of kids under 13 is more heavily filtered. Roblox also employs human monitors who keep an eye out for inappropriate language and content.