Roblox is an online game that claims to the sizeable social platform, and it has millions of players that are members who can design their games there or can join in other peoples games.
The game has a large fan base that is more than that of Minecraft; many people perceive that members of Roblox are outgrown members of Minecraft.
What is Roblox about?
Roblox is a multi-player online social platform for gaming that was released in 2006, and it is free for one to download it on their devices such as Windows 10, Xbox One, iPad, Amazon Fire devices and Android, but it has some other in-app purchases.
There are claims that almost 50 million users play the game every month, as the users can come up with their adventures and play them or they can play the games that are already created by users.
The game has a virtual currency that is known as Robux which allows users of the game to buy things like gear, cool accessories or shirts.
To join the game, one needs to create an account and choose their username, and they will be ready to play. The avatars clothing can be customized and even the expression, and when one is among the builders club they can make for themselves shirts or trousers and start to charge Roblox for other users to buy them.
This game enables the players to have their world, and they can customize it and get access to their gear which includes musical instruments, transport, weaponry, and power-ups.
The players can also earn badges and sell items in the game which they created by getting a gift or Robux virtual money in exchange. Some of the top games that most users play on Roblox includes a Murder mystery, phantom forces, jailbreak, welcome to the town of Robloxia and work at a pizza place.
Children love these game so much because it is a very creative game that gives them the opportunity to create their challenges as well as take part in the difficulties of other people. The characters used in the game also look like Lego figures and Steve of Minecraft which enables them to be able to adapt to their tastes.
People can contact each other on Roblox although there are privacy settings and chat modes that are age appropriate. Any conversation in Roblox has filtered whether it is private or public and the game allows people to also restrict or disable chats in their account settings and thus they will not be able to get any chat notifications. Posts and chats with children below the age of 12 years are filtered from content that is inappropriate, and they cannot send their personal information on the site.
How can I protect my kids?
All the players in the game have an option to block or limit other accounts from contacting or communicating to them while the children under the age of 13 years can either select friends or no one but older players have options to choose who can contact them.
However, as a parent, one can help to keep their children secure while playing the game by using a parent pin to block their children from making any changes to their account without first contacting them, and this will ensure your kids are safe on Roblox.
Roblox also enables parents to see the history of the account which the children have been using including the games they have created, any private message they have received, friends they have and followers.
Parents are also able to track the trading and purchasing history of the account their children have been using to see if there is anything not good for their safety there. Roblox account also has a two-step verification process, and users can block and report any abuse they get. Child safety features were enhanced early in the game to ensure child safety.
Why is it a risk to children?
Roblox has become the world’s most famous children’s game, while it may seem to be a reliable platform for kids to play digital games, there are so many frightening issues in this digital community that may be a risk to the children. In Roblox, the players are given opportunities to create a player (avatar) for themselves and they get some digital amount of money to rent some houses, furnish and decorate some homes which require some real money.
The game requires more real money to furnish or decorate it, and a variety of other outfits are made available. Players can purchase them which is a drawback for most young people who are interested in the game and want to make their avatar look great, and avoid being mocked and pressured by other players into spending more money on their avatar.
The additional purchases may not be a big issue in the game. Compared to the social interaction between players, as the primary goal that Roblox has is to enable the different players to interact with each other and make friends. This is achieved in the game by wondering in the online world and talking with other players in a chat feature. Just like any other online game that includes multiplayer, there is little or no control of who enters and who is not allowed to use the game; this makes children be at risk of online predators.
The problem of security is not unique to Roblox, but to many other online games that are marketed to children as many online predators lurk, these kinds of games are typically used to lure the children to join social platforms like Facebook where they can meet. The age of 12 and below who use the game are vulnerable as they are in a place where they may not be able to distinguish an appropriate request from inappropriate requests on the platform. That is why parents should be on the lookout to ensure whatever their kids are doing online is safe and does not make them exposed to social dangerous.
What more can one get from Roblox?
The majority of games that are found on Roblox are free to play with microtransactions and advertising that is similar to other games found in google play and iOS App Store.
The players in Roblox can subscribe to builders club and start earning daily credits and special rewards on the site. It is important to put in mind that when talking of Roblox, it is not just about placing blocks in a world like Minecraft. In Roblox, you are opening up a Roblox studio that is a program and building models of characters and objects and giving them dialog or coding them to ensure that they act in a certain way.
Roblox is considered to be like one of the world’s largest buffet that has all types of food, but then the kitchen is also open for one to come up with their type of meal from scratch.
But Minecraft is likened to a restaurant where there is a menu that you are allowed topic only from that menu. Generally speaking, few parents have an idea of what their children do on the internet nowadays, as they are not overly engaged with what they do.