Roblox

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Game creator nurtures skills, but games can be violent.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 450 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1105 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about designing virtual worlds and games and get feedback on their work from other site users. Because the directions are housed on a separate site, the design tool isn't extremely easy to figure out, which may limit the amount of practical knowledge kids obtain. Roblox has a lot of potential; the drag-and-drop tool could help kids obtain design experience. Collaborating with other users will also help them build teamwork and communication skills. But adding a tutorial or site-provided feedback, such as a chat option to ask questions, would ensure that kids understand how to use the site. Roblox provides a flexible, imaginative environment for gamers and upcoming designers to create and explore.

Positive Messages

Positive social interaction is encouraged, reinforced by users' generally favorable critiques of others' game designs.

Violence

Use of cartoony weapons in certain worlds.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Features use of currency, tickets to buy merchandise. Membership for additional unlockables. Kids can insert in-game ads into their creations, and can make money off their creativity.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Roblox is a game-creation site where users design and upload their own games, as well as play other games in a multiplayer environment. Some of the gameplay is advanced, and many games include weapons. The site offers a safe-chat mode for those under 13, as well as a parent login that lets you oversee your child's use of the site. There have been reports of users thwarting the chat and exchanging inappropriate/predatory messages with young players; although we haven't encountered that directly during our extensive use of the site, parents may still want to be wary when their kids are using the site or connecting with people they've just met. There are in-game currency items called Robux that you can use to unlock additional items, but you will either earn these slowly or pay for additional cash with real money. They can also sign up for a membership for extra content and can insert in-game ads into their created games, potentially making large sums of money off their unique ideas.

User Reviews

Adult Written byparentmoderator November 6, 2010

Waring to parents - abuse not handled well by moderators

Parents be warned - the moderation on this site is less than fair. My son reported an abuse and he was reprimanded as if he were at fault. Then I complained to... Continue reading
Parent of a 8 year old Written bytgreatblueberry September 26, 2012

User-created Clusterfluff (to put it nicely)

This is from an older sister and a fan of videogames. I've played the game myself, and I understand how the moderation works there. This is a game with poo... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bySoulxBow February 18, 2011

Hmm...

I'm 16. I don't know why I play roblox but I guess I wanted to try it out. Off Topic, TONS of innapropriate forums and tons of trolls. Every other wor... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byway245 June 14, 2010

For Any Age

I love this website. You can go onto games and fight or play minigames or anything. The violence is not bad, you can use rockets/bombs/paintball guns/bouncey ba... Continue reading

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 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. But parents will likely be pleased with some of the safety features, which 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.

Gameplay issues aside, 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about interacting with others while pursuing your own goals. Is it fine to allow other players to complete the course, or is it better to watch them attempt the course and let them show you the best path to choose?

  • What potential dangers could occur when you meet 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.

Website details

  • 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

For kids who love creativity

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