Make sure your child is safe on Roblox
“Pleeeeeease can I play Roblox Mum? Jonny plays it and so does Sid. Pleeeease Mum?” (repeat twenty plus times over a few weeks).
Look, I’m not one for bowing to peer pressure and (in my humble opinion) part of our job as parents is to teach our kids not to too. So when my oldest (age 9) hounded me to play Roblox, I told him ‘no’, over and over again. I’d read the horror stories about strangers sending messages, and of games being created and uploaded by anyone with no policing, and I’d seen some of the games they play.
Take for example; Weightlifting simulator 3, where you lift weights to get ‘buff’ and go into different zones. But you have to be very careful, there are other people playing it who – when they have reached ‘buff’ status and look like marauding giants – basically, beat you to death – nice huh?
Anyway, as much I I don’t want to encourage my kids to bow to peer pressure, I also don’t want them to feel like they are missing out so I did a bit of research and discovered that you (as a parent) can have complete control over what your child sees and plays on Roblox.
Roblox features a central dashboard to limit the chat functions, add a parental pin and account restrictions (to only access curated content by Roblox). Roblox also has a useful feature called ‘Age Visibility’ to determine settings for kids are age appropriate.
In other words, you can set Roblox up so that:
- Strangers can’t talk to your kids
- They only play age appropriate games
- They don’t have access to games that are created and uploaded by randoms.
All of the above, are the things I was concerned about. If you are being hounded too but don’t have a clue where to start, don’t worry because setting it up is simple, handy website Internetmatters.org have created this step by step guide (which is super easy to follow).
For a no holds barred review I suggest heading to Internet Matters: Parents guide to Roblox and how your kids can play it safely. You can research further with this handy Roblox created parents guide…
It just so happens now, that my son is bored of Roblox and back onto Minecraft and that is fine by me.