If you have kids, chances are you’ve heard of a game called Roblox. Or you may have been invited by your children to buy them Robux, the virtual currency for the game.
Roblox is enjoyed by millions of people, mainly children, around the world, offering a virtual world where children can create their own games and share ideas among a community of like-minded individuals.
While it’s an immensely popular game, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t dangers lurking around the corner from Roblox, which is why we’ll explore the potential risks and how to protect your kids from them.
What is Roblox?
If your kids are playing Roblox, chances are they would have played Minecraft as well. Roblox is a mix of Minecraft and Lego that allows people to play games designed by others, as well as being able to create games as well.
Roblox is a free platform and you can play it on PC, smartphone and game console. According to Roblox , there are 150 million active users each month, with millions of people playing at any given time.
Not only can a person play Roblox, but they can also make money by creating games and charging real money to play them. Individuals can charge for bonus features like character skins, actions, and more.
How does Roblox work?
After creating an account with Roblox, you will be presented with a library of games that you can participate in. Each game will show its feedback score along with the number of registered players.
If you want to learn more about a game, simply click on the game icon to view a description, game and player stats, and other recommended games.
Most of the games found on the Roblox platform contain real people. So, if you choose a game where you meet other people or have to work alongside people (e.g. creating food for others), you will likely take a role with another real person.
You can customize your character by unlocking in-game items like clothes and accessories, or you can buy things for real money through Robux currency.
Is Roblox safe for children?
There are several risks associated with Roblox that you should be aware of. Firstly, although Roblox has an age rating of 7+, the games themselves have no age restrictions.
When you sign up for Roblox, you are asked for your date of birth. Roblox will only offer content that is appropriate based on a person’s age, for example if you are under 13, the games in the library will be filtered.
If a person claims to be over 13, Roblox does not apply filters to any game. They regularly search the library and report illegal or inappropriate content, but they are not automated.
The problem with Robux
Roblox is a free to download game, but it uses an in-game currency called Robux. This must be purchased using a debit or credit card and can be purchased via a smartphone.
Be careful if you see someone promising free Robux. Sites and apps that offer free Robux tend to be a scam . If you’re unsure, remember that very little comes for free, and if it sounds too good to be true, it often is.
Players can use Robux to upgrade their character’s clothing, purchase in-game items, or unlock additional logins within the games.
If a player purchases Robux via a smartphone, the in-app purchase will be charged to the credit card associated with the account. You can protect your child from making purchases by making sure they can’t access the password on your iTunes or Google Play account.
Roblox contains a chat system that allows players to talk to each other, be they friends or people you don’t know.
If your child is playing with other players, the chat system will allow them to talk to each other, which means anyone can talk to anyone. You can change the game settings to limit who your child can talk to or, alternatively, completely disable the chat system.
How can you protect your kids on Roblox?
Before allowing your kids to join Roblox, sign up for an account on their behalf or sit with them while they sign up. That way, if they’re under 13, you can be sure they’re only accessing appropriate, filtered content.
You can explain why this is important in keeping your kids safe while playing Roblox and it offers complete transparency right from the start.
Sitting down with your child and exploring the game library is a great way to find the game that suits them best, allowing them to learn what they like to play online.
It is important to help your child understand what information they share online and what others can see. Before letting them play, outline what constitutes personal information including emails, school information, and photos.
Using real-world examples can make them easier to understand, for example explaining why it would not be appropriate to give your phone number or address to a random person on the street.
Enable PIN protection
If you want to make sure your child cannot change their account settings, you can enable an “account PIN” that only you should know and have access to. They will not be able to change settings without the PIN.
Roblox Account Restrictions
You can restrict your child’s access so that they can only view and play curated content, and their contact settings will be turned off so they can’t chat with others. This is done in the “Account PIN” section in “Account Restrictions” by setting the switch to on.
If you don’t mind your child chatting with other people but want to limit who they talk to, you can change your settings via the privacy section of your account.
Here you can customize almost every aspect of how your child contacts others and how they contact your child. You can choose who can message them, who can chat with them, who can invite them to private servers, and more.
Teach your kids how to stay safe online
Reassuring your child and explaining about the Internet and how to play safely online is just as important as limiting their access to Roblox.
Internet safety can help them (and you) understand what’s safe and what isn’t, as well as remind them that they can always talk to you if they find something upsetting.
Instilling a level of trust between you and your child is one of the most important steps you can take to make sure they come to you if they don’t like what they see online.
Play it safe
Roblox is an incredibly popular game for a reason; it’s fun and can be a safe environment for kids if you know how to set it up correctly.
The platform can offer many opportunities for children to socialize and interact with each other safely.
If you take the necessary and simple steps to protect your kids while playing Roblox and have an open conversation with them, they can continue to enjoy the game and even bring out their creative side.