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FYI – what you should know about ROBLOX

Age restriction: 10+

What is Roblox?

According to the Roblox website, Roblox’s mission is to bring the world together through play. We enable anyone to imagine, create, and have fun with friends as they explore millions of immersive 3D experiences, all built by a global community of developers.

Roblox is powered by a global community of over two million developers who produce their own immersive multiplayer experiences each month using Roblox Studio, our intuitive desktop design tool. Any experience imaginable can be created on Roblox.

Roblox is ranked as one of the top online entertainment platforms for audiences under the age of 18 based on average monthly visits and time spent (Comscore). Our popularity is driven purely by the community with millions of people signing up through word of mouth every month.

How Roblox has taken some steps to try and protect our children: 

According to their guide to parents, Roblox continually develops cutting-edge technologies to ensure the Roblox platform remains a safe and fun space for players all over the world.

  • Avatar Clothing Detection: An automated detection feature ensures that all players are wearing appropriate attire within the avatar editor and avatar thumbnails.
  • Reporting System: Players can report inappropriate chat messages or content by using our Report Abuse system, which is located throughout the site and in-game.
  • Chat Filters: Roblox uses a combination of chat filters, both human and software moderation, to proactively remove inappropriate content from the platform.
  • Customizable Parental Controls: Parents can limit or disable online chat capabilities and restrict access to curated list of age-appropriate games.

What parents should know or be worried about:

According to an independent review from  Common Sense Media author Erin Brereton

Parents need to know that Roblox is a game-creation website where users design and upload their own games — and play games that other people have created — in a multiplayer environment. Roblox’s free and open communication policy means that kids’ interactions can vary widely, from legitimate player engagement to iffy involvement with possibly predatory users. We’ve rated it for ages 13+ based on continuing challenges with problematic content, but it’s potentially OK for kids younger than that if account restrictions are turned on and parents pay close attention to their kids’ activities on the platform. Posts and chats are filtered for inappropriate content and personal information references if a user is 12 or younger, and parents can restrict their child’s chat capabilities. We recommend that parents disable the chat functionality as a protective measure when they can’t supervise their kids’ play. We also recommend setting a four-digit PIN code that’s required to make any changes to a child’s account (preventing kids from giving themselves broader access) and change the security settings to allow kids to access only a curated list of age-appropriate games. Registered users who are 13 and older can also choose to alter their settings to restrict in-game chatting and messaging capabilities.

There have been reports of users thwarting the chat and exchanging inappropriate messages with young players, and games that feature inappropriate sexual content, violence, and adult language; some kids have also been exploited by predators through the site.

What we at FYI play it safe believe:

We believe that parents want to actively engage in their children’s online lives. Parents should take the time and set the app up themselves, explaining to their children what the reasons are for the restrictions they place on the app. It is one thing to play a game online, but something completely different from a predator’s shoes where they target and groom children through gaming sites. 

Bottom line, we wouldn’t say no to a properly set up Roblox environment for your children to play, but remember to play it safe. 

At FYI play it safe, our monitoring mechanism monitors all your child’s online activity, including any in-game chats, so you will know when your child may be in danger.