Parents have brought forth warnings about the popular online game Roblox when their children were sent explicit messages from adults!!
Roblox is an online game that can be played via their website or through an app. The chat and messaging system available to users is something that parents may not realize is present. A chat system such as this can potentially be dangerous.
Children as young as six have been sent explicit messages as reported by The Daily Mail. Parents, in both fear and disgust, have been putting the kibosh on the game. It isn't necessary to do that though, when you can review the settings within the game.
Here are some tips on how your child can still play Roblox:
- Set the account so that your child's user profile is for an 'under 13 year old.'This way, any settings that are changed will need to be authorised by a parent. An email is sent to the parental account.
- Switch the Chat feature off, if it is on. Click on "My Roblox", "Account", "Chat Settings" and select the setting you want.
Even if you delete the app on your child's electronic device, your child could still play on a pc, on the Roblox website with their current account. Make sure you check the chat settings on the website as well.
A spokesperson for Roblox said:
'There are several safeguards in place to protect our users that utilise current technology and human oversight. We have instituted a third-party software system created specifically to find offensive language and flag it. For users that are under the age of 13, these filters are set to block any sharing of personal identifiable information. All accounts for users that are under the age of 13 are set to only communicate with friends. Only friends in the approved friend's list can personal message, invite another user into games, or to join a VIP server. If users or their parents are witnessing any bad behaviour in the game, we urge them to flag the 'abuse report' function in the game so that these participants can be handled by the Roblox team.'
My friend's 8 year old daughter plays Roblox, and today we went through the safety steps on both the computer and the app on my friend's tablet, to make sure that the settings are secure for her daughter.
As with any online game for kids, it's definitely a wise choice to manually go through all settings. If you don't feel computer savvy, have someone you know help you with it for peace of mind!