If you have any kids or teenagers in your family, there’s a good chance they’ve spent a lot of time playing Roblox in the past months. In fact, as much as 75% of all kids in the U.S. are believed to use the platform regularly.
Roblox is quickly replacing malls as the preferred hangout spot for kids, especially with a pandemic going on.
However, while Roblox is massively popular with children, it is not like traditional games where parents can easily judge the content and experience.
This might cause parents to question exactly what their kids are playing, who they’re playing with, and whether or not the whole experience is safe.
Using Roblox does come with a few concerns, but these can easily be managed by understanding what Roblox is and how it works. After learning more about the platform, parents will rest assured that Roblox can be one of the most entertaining, safest, and valuable online experiences available to kids.
What is Roblox?
Roblox is an online platform in which users can play and socialize across a massive selection of games created by the community. These games include obstacle courses, first-person shooters, role-playing games, dress-up, and practically anything else within a child’s imagination.
With millions of games available, players can jump into a seemingly endless variety of virtual environments and engaging activities.
Roblox is free to play, but users can purchase virtual currency known as “Robux” to customize their lego-styled avatars or enhance their gameplay experience. The platform has around 200 million active monthly users and is available on computers, mobile devices, and the Xbox One.
Roblox has been described as the “YouTube for games” due to its content’s user-generated nature. Both kids and professionals alike have the freedom to create and enjoy experiences for the fun of it or as a full-time career.
History of Roblox
Roblox was founded in 2004 by David Baszucki and Erik Cassel and was officially launched in 2006 as a web app. The cofounders’ initial mission was to develop Roblox into the “ultimate platform for imagination.” User safety was also a huge part of this mission, and Roblox became COPPA certified in 2007 by implementing the first version of their safe chat feature.
In its early years, Roblox had a dedicated player base, but growth was relatively slow. Key updates during the mid-2010s–such as the release of a mobile app and a graphics overhaul–caused Roblox to surge in popularity. Developers also began to release Roblox in languages other than English, allowing kids from all over the world to create and play together.
After the COVID-19 pandemic struck the U.S. in 2020, Roblox experienced a huge spike in inactive players. With kids stuck at home, Roblox became the ideal place to have fun, hang out with friends, and even engage in social activism. Roblox’s player base now rivals huge games like Fortnite or Minecraft, and many expect that it will soon surpass both of them.
Is Roblox Safe For Kids?
Roblox is considered to be an industry leader in child and internet safety. They work closely with authorities and safety groups (such as COPPA and FOSI) and have a team of 1,600 moderators working around the clock to filter out inappropriate content. Also, approved Roblox games have an E10+ rating, meaning that most parents should find them acceptable for kids.
However, even with these safeguards in place, some concerns need to be addressed. Roblox has grown to the point where it’s simply impossible to moderate everything, and some inappropriate content is bound to slip by unnoticed. Also, the platform’s social nature means that kids are potentially vulnerable to bullying, scams, and other forms of abuse.
Thankfully, Roblox provides a complete set of parental controls that can help protect children from these dangers. They allow you to easily do things such as to monitor your child’s activity, set restrictions on what games they can play, and limit who can send them messages. It’s also important to discuss internet safety with your kids to help steer them away from any situations that will make them feel uncomfortable.
Popular Roblox Games
Although there are millions of games available on Roblox, kids are likely to spend much of their time playing the more popular ones. Here are a few of the most played games on Roblox so you can get a feel for the types of experiences that kids are getting into.
‘Jailbreak’ is an action-packed game of cops and robbers set in a massive open world. Players choose between being a criminal or police officer, and each side offers a unique gameplay experience. Whether players are escaping from prison or chasing down criminals, the diverse range of activities available in Jailbreak offers a steady mix of action and role-playing.
Work At a Pizza Place
A longtime favourite in the Roblox community, ‘Work At a Pizza Place’ lets players assume one of several roles at a pizza parlour. Players work together to fulfill orders and then use their money to decorate and expand their houses. Many Roblox veterans believe that role-playing in this game helps develop social skills and teamwork.
‘Adopt Me!’ is currently the most popular game on Roblox, played over 10 billion times. In this game, players get to adopt, raise, and trade a colourful variety of virtual pets. Players are rewarded with money for nurturing their pets, which can be used to buy outfits and furniture. New features, items, and animals are frequently added to the game, which is one reason why it continues to remain so popular.
Roblox is more than just a game, it’s a virtual theme park where the attractions are made by the kids themselves. By taking certain precautions, parents can help Roblox remain one of the safest places for kids to get together and play online.