Parents can find it difficult to keep up with online gaming’s latest developments. This is especially true when the pace of change seems to be at the mouse-click. One of the most addictive games of all time is also one of its most dangerous.
Roblox is “the most loved game you’ve ever heard of” This massively multiplayer online game is now more popular than Minecraft’s user base. Although the game appears to be a harmless digital playground for children it has serious problems with its online community.
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What’s Roblox all about?
Roblox is an online platform that allows kids to create and interact in “immersive 3D environments.” Each player is able to create an avatar for themselves, and they are allotted some digital money to rent a home. The cost of furnishing and decorating the house can quickly add up. Many young children want their avatar to look cool so there are many outfits available. Other players may mock you and press you to spend more if you don’t purchase upgrades.
It is a danger to children.
Additional purchases aren’t the problem with these game scripts, but the social interaction between players is. Roblox’s purpose is to allow players to make friends and interact. You can do this by simply wandering the internet and chatting with other players in an unmoderated chat room. As with any multiplayer online game, you have little or no control over the age and types of players. Even though chat filters can be set up to block inappropriate words or phrases, children are still vulnerable to online predators.
Roblox is not the only one with this problem. It’s far from the truth. Online predators are everywhere in the online gaming industry. These social games are used to lure children away and onto other platforms, such as Facebook, Snapchat, and in some cases Skype. Roblox is a popular choice for children younger than 12 years old, who are easy targets because they lack the ability to discriminate between appropriate and inappropriate requests.
This game allows players to create imaginary worlds. Some of these worlds are sexual. According to ABC News, a British father discovered that avatars could have virtual sex after he checked out the game his sons were playing.
Jordan Foster, a Cyber Expert at Family Zone and ySafe psychologist Jordan Foster says that chat functions pose a danger to children who play this game. Children are easy prey for predators because there are no safety features in the game.
“Imagine it as if you were letting your child go into a room full of strangers. There are no barriers to allowing people to have a conversation with anyone they want.
Ms. Foster considers Roblox to be unsafe for children younger than 12 years old, and may also recommend Roblox for older children.
What can I do to protect my children?
Family Zone offers many useful features that allow us to block Roblox from children’s devices. However, this does not prevent them from playing other games. Children are at risk from inappropriate content, bullying, and abuse due to the lack of moderation in chat (despite language filters).
Family Zone understands that being a digital parent is a difficult journey. You’re not alone. Our team of Cyber Experts will help you decide which apps and content are suitable for your child and give you the resources and tools you need to safeguard your children online.