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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

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
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'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

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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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
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
Parent Written byAllSeason October 29, 2013

Lots of sexuality

This is a game not recommended for younger children, and should be with someone older. I was watching my son play this game a few times, and there seem's to be lots of hacks going on where a nude image of a female appeared. Also my son's character was followed by a female with no clothes like she was trying to have sex, and there seems to be sexual activity on this site. Roblox doesn't seem to be aware of it or not making an effort to fix these problems as I emailed them. It is a problem has anyone recorded any videos of inappropriate things on the game?

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