Is Roblox safe for my child? Information to help you decide if Roblox is suitable for your child

Roblox is a gaming platform where players can create and publish their own games. The platform can be a great educational tool to help teach children new skills like coding. However, there are also some risks.

Roblox allows players to build and publish their own games. This means that other users could build games that contain adult or inappropriate themes that your child might see. 

Players can use the communication features of Roblox to talk to one other while they are playing. This means that there is a risk of cyberbullying or unwanted contact.

Roblox does have Community Standards that outline what behaviour is and isn’t acceptable on the platform. They also have moderators who review and remove inappropriate content. They also have a range of parental controls and safety settings that can help keep your child safer on the platform.

Here are some tips that can help keep them safe on the platform.

Six tips to help keep your child safe on Roblox

  • Sign up with the correct age
    Make sure your child creates an account using the correct age. On Roblox, certain safety settings and parental controls are enabled by default for children under 13. However, you should still review the settings to ensure they’ve been set up correctly.
  • Build a list of age-appropriate games
    Not all games on Roblox will be appropriate for your child. The platform has a setting that lets parents and carers limit what their child can play by allowing them to build lists of age-appropriate games. You can also switch off in-app spending or set them monthly limits.
  • Explore communication settings
    You can manage who your child can speak to by disabling chat completely or limiting it to friends only. You can also switch off their inbox to stop them receiving direct messages.

We’ve noticed as a result of the pandemic, parents are starting to see the benefits of online gaming, but are also becoming more aware of the risks faced. In particular we see contacts about scamming and unwanted contact.

It’s important to make sure you talk to your child about the types of games they are playing and understand the different features.

Many popular platforms have advice pages for parents and carers that highlight the different safety settings available. You should always make sure you child signs up with the correct age as well, as access to certain features and settings is sometimes determined by age.

Leanne, NSPCC Helpline Manager

  • Explore the platform together 
    Ask your child to give you a demonstration of the platform to help you understand how they use it and explore some of the parental controls together. You could even consider setting up your own account and playing the games yourself.  
  • Have regular conversations about gaming  
    Continue to have regular conversations with them about what they are doing online. Ask your child open questions like ‘What games have you been playing on Roblox recently?’ or ‘What platforms have you been using to play games?’.   
  • Check out our Online Safety Hub  
    Visit our Online Safety Hub for more advice and tips on gaming, talking to your child and much more. If you need more information on setting up parental controls on Roblox, visit their Parent Guide

Need more advice?

Parents and carers should have all the information they need to help keep kids safe online, but sometimes this can be hard to find. That's why we've collected everything you need to know in our online safety hub.

The information is organised by topic to make everything easy to find. We have pages for social media, online gaming and parental controls that explain the risks, and the steps you can take, to help keep your kids safe online. 

We also cover what parents need to know about topics such as sharing nudes, livestreaming, harmful content and reporting online safety issues

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