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What parents need to know
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What's it about?
ROBLOX provides scripting tips and design elements to help budding designers create and contribute games and activities. Most games are free to play; you need to register to tweak your avatar or to friend other users. Roblox's main drawbacks include inconsistency -- novice developers make the games, so quality can vary -- and you need to download an installer to play. Younger kids may also find some games a bit scary. Parents are offered several safety features that let them monitor their children's activity and account settings.
Is it any good?
The beauty of this creativity website is that it features a never-ending (and continually evolving) supply of creative and fun challenges to explore. The creativity of thousands of young developers is often exciting, amusing, and inspiring -- places range from simple obstacle courses to full cities. Unfortunately, when you get amateur developers, you also often get amateur development, occasionally resulting in rendering problems, on-screen flicker, and some extremely frustrating gameplay, particularly when you're navigating mazes or jumping -- and users can potentially encounter inappropriate content (many users have reported problematic interactions with strangers).
Roblox gets high marks for encouraging exploration, interaction, and, above all, huge amounts of creativity in its users. By allowing kids to begin as player/explorers and evolve into experienced users and developers, this site grows along with your child. What's more, popular titles could potentially result in young designers making a lot of cash off their inventions. Just be aware that the games can get violent, depending on what a creator has placed into a particular experience. And although the site says it proactively filters inappropriate content, a fairly well-publicized 2018 incident in which a user said her 7-year-old daughter's avatar was "gang raped" on a playground -- along with the fact that Roblox "rape scenes" can be found on YouTube -- suggests some extremely iffy stuff may make it through. So parents will likely want to supervise their child's site use to make sure they're only viewing safe content -- and not interacting with strangers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about interacting with others while pursuing your own goals. Is it OK to allow other players to complete the course, or is it better to watch them try it and let them show you the best path to choose?
What potential dangers can occur when you interact with strangers online? What kind of information should you never give out about yourself to someone you don't know? Talk to your kids about protecting their privacy online.
If kids happen to see something iffy/upsetting online, how should they react? Discuss potential reactions, such as telling a parent or trusted adult.
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, presenting to others
Arts: drawing, playing
- Skills: Creativity: combining knowledge, imagination
Self-Direction: goal-setting, set objectives, work to achieve goals
Communication: asking questions, multiple forms of expression
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
- Genre: Gaming
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free
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