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How to Protect Kids on Roblox

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The Heritage Foundation gives Roblox a child safety rating of C.

Safety Rating Explanation: Roblox’s content policy has been known to miss sexual, violent, and other inappropriate content, and interaction with strangers are also possible on the children’s gaming platform.

What Is Roblox?

Roblox is an online platform that allows users to create and play games. Users can design their own virtual worlds, games, and experiences using a variety of tools and programming languages. They can also explore games created by other users, socialize with friends, and even learn basic coding concepts through interactive experiences. Roblox offers a wide range of games across various genres, making it a popular platform for both game enthusiasts and aspiring game developers.

Who Can Use Roblox?

Children and teenagers are the primary audience of Roblox. But while most of its games and content are oriented toward this age group, groomers and predators can also create accounts on the platform and pretend to be peers. Because there is no age-verification feature and users speak through avatars, authenticating whether someone is who he claims to be on Roblox can be difficult.

Is My Child Safe on Roblox?

It depends. The majority of Roblox content is safe. However, the platform is not without its risks. Inappropriate messages can be sent through its chat feature, and some Roblox users have reported incidents of cyberbullying on the various games that the site hosts. Interactions with strangers are also possible, which opens the possibility for forming unsafe relationships. Finally, a handful of games encourage overtly sexual behavior. When paired with live audio, these spaces can become a perilous outlet for grooming.

How to Handle Roblox

Parents should encourage responsible habits for their children who play on Roblox. Although the site’s content policy restricts sexually explicit and violent content, it is not sufficient to prevent kids from accessing instances which may bypass Roblox’s quality standards. Limiting interactions with strangers as much as possible and routinely monitoring chat history are essential practices for parents who allow their kids to have Roblox accounts.

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