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Roblox

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Game creator nurtures skills, but games can be violent.
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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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 employ weapons. The site provides a super-safe chat mode for those under 13, as well as a parent log-in where you can oversee your child's use of the site. 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.

What kids can learn

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

  • multiple forms of expression
  • asking questions

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Thanks to thousands of developers who submit original games, kids can explore a never-ending (and continually evolving) supply of creative and fun challenges.

Learning Approach

Using a virtual design tool, kids can craft virtual worlds and activities. They may need some help figuring out the design options, though, and games don't always contain clear instructions; kids may be unsure of how some work.

Support

Kids need to click over to another site to get detailed design and site use information, which may be confusing. The player community is another informational resource, but user responses vary in quality. A blog offers additional information.

What kids can learn

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

  • multiple forms of expression
  • asking questions

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

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?

QUALITY

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. Just be aware that the games can get violent, depending on what a creator has placed into a particular experience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about interacting with others while pursuing one's 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

Genre:Gaming
Pricing structure:Paid, Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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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 the only email address I could find for contacting them (I happened to see the abuse) and my kid's account was then banned for 3 days for violating the TOS (although when you read the TOS it does not state this as an offence). So he is victimized both ways, thank you. Great lesson for kids by the people at Roblox. The language used by the gamers is less than desirable and poorly moderated, the focus of the games are generally violent which is inappropriate for the younger crowd. Roblox loads software to your computer which I have found to be invasive and interferes with my loaded programs. Uninstalling is not a clean process either. All in all, try a free account and then spend your money on at home video games for family and friends.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent Written bySharon7515 October 15, 2011

Corrupt Moderation - Lots of Hating

Recently, my 9 year old son was on the internet (of course with me right behind him monitoring him) and he found this on google, while looking up a kids game website. I saw the website, and it looked legitimate and reasonable, so, I let him make a free account. Soon, he became responsible enough to be allowed to go on alone. Eventually, he started calling his friends at school mean names, which got me a call from the counselor. I decided to temporarily change his password to something only I can log into. I then created an account and started to play the game myself. I immediately noticed severe product advertising (Builder's Club) and the incredibly size of the website. I read in the TOS that all content is user created, and I immediately thought this could be abused, and I was right. I decided to go to a place on the front page of the games page, and the name itself was dissapointing. "Boys and Girls Hangout". I decided to view it some more, and in the description, I found that one of the user created rules was "No ODing". I asked my son what that meant, and he said Online Dating! There are kids online dating on a kids website. I found this completely unacceptable, and decided to enter the place myself. From the start, I was given rude and hurtful (To children) comments about what my Lego like character was wearing. Eventually, they left me alone and I started to view the comments made by other players like "say 123 for a hot bf". I reported them to the game moderator and left the game. The next day, I decided to investigate some more, and found out that my account was banned for reporting kids online dating. They said I was "Lying to Moderation, Online Dating (Which I was reporting them for), and Rude and Offensive Behavior). Frustrated, I read the community rules, and it said that you have to be 13 years or older to be a moderator. That means a teenager has access to something being paid for by a credit card! I put it on my son's computers blocked website list. The community is bad. Your best bet is to stay off it, period.
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
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 word seems to make another user mad. Safety is also a problem. You can even give out where you live in the SAFE chat. To me that's just messed up. I don't think I'm going to stick to roblox.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value
Safety and privacy concerns

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