Roblox is a global platform where millions of people gather together every day to imagine, create, and share experiences with each other in immersive, user-generated 3D worlds. It allows you to connect with anyone in the outside world so we have put together some tips for parents on how to keep your child safe when using this platform.
Before your child signs up to Roblox, make sure you both go through the Community Guidelines of what is expected from you and others once you sign up to this platform. You may also consider setting up a family agreement. Find out more about this here.
Depending on the age of your child, especially with the younger ones, we would suggest you staying nearby when your child is online. As the games can be created by anyone, you may want to monitor the types of people in the games and the types of games that they are playing. It’s always good to keep checking on your child every once in a while, just to make sure they are using the game appropriately.
Turning off Social Features
If your child doesn’t have any friends that play on Roblox or your personal preference is for them not to speak to anyone on this platform, there is the option to turn off the social features. Before you do this, we suggest talking to your child and making them aware that this is what you want to do and listen to their opinion and views on this too. Also, you should reconsider this as your child grows older and matures.
To do this simply log into the account and go to the account settings, then select privacy. Then you can review the options under contact settings and other settings. Select no one or friends or enable account restrictions.
All accounts have the option to enable an ‘account PIN’ which is a 4 digit code that is needed to make any changes to the settings. Most parents use this for their younger children who are just starting out on the platform.
Make sure you and your child are aware what to watch out for when it comes to grooming such as them asking overly personal questions, being very generous with gifts such as Robux, strangers asking to meet up with your child. Discuss this with them and ask them if they are feeling uncomfortable to come and speak to you. For more advice on grooming, please click here.
Bullying can’t always be stopped even with Roblox’s tools to block bullying text language. Please speak to your child and reassure them to come to you with every problem as well as doing things like blocking and reporting users as well as changing the privacy settings to friends only.
Blocking and Reporting
Make sure you and your child are aware of the Report Abuse button on the platform, this allows you to block and report any inappropriate users that are breaking the community guidelines. Make sure you have a discussion with your child on the types of behaviour they should be reporting. For example, bullying, inappropriate behaviour, scams and other game violations.
Play Roblox with your child
Whilst you are stuck at home with your children, why not sign up to Roblox and play a few games with your child. Not only does it allow you to bond with your child but it also gives you an insight in the types of games they like to play.