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What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
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 once you register and download an installer, and there are plenty to check out. Users can also chat with and friend each other and post on message boards. The games can be inconsistent -- novice developers make them, so quality can vary -- and younger kids may find some a bit scary. Safety features allow parents to limit some of kids' chat and other features by changing their account settings.
Is it any good?
The beauty of this creativity-based website is that it features a never-ending (and continually evolving) supply of creative and fun challenges to explore. On Roblox, thousands of young developers provide often exciting, amusing, and inspiring designs -- places range from simple obstacle courses to full cities. Unfortunately, though, because many contributors are amateur developers, kids may come across rendering problems, on-screen flicker, and some extremely frustrating gameplay, particularly when you're navigating mazes or jumping. Users can also 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. Kids can theoretically begin as player/explorers and evolve into experienced users and developers. In addition, popular titles could potentially result in young designers making some cash off their inventions. Just be aware that some games they play may be 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 in Roblox 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
- Last updated: November 14, 2019
For kids who love creativity
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