Warnings Issued Over Children's Online Game Roblox

Warnings Issued Over Children's Online Game Roblox

Warnings have been issued by parents about the popular online game Roblox after their children were sent explicit messages from adults.

Roblox is available as an app and online game via their website, and there is a chat and messaging system available to users that parents may not be aware of, and it's feared that it could be used by adults to 'groom' young children.

The Daily Mail reported that children as young as six have been sent explicit messages from adults, and worried parents have been deleting the app from their children's devices.

How to play safely:

There are certain things you can do to make the game more safe to play for your child. Make sure that the account is set so that your child's user profile is for an 'under 13 year old', so that any settings changes will need to be authorised by a parent via an email link sent to their account.

Chat mode is set to off by default on all profiles, with the 'Privacy Mode On' automatically set, but if chat has been turned on you can switch it back off via account settings. Click on "My Roblox", then "Account", then "Chat Settings" and choose the setting you want.

If you delete the app and your child has internet access they can still play on the website is they have an account set up, so you will need to check the settings on that too.

Statement from Roblox:

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 son plays this game via an app on my tablet, and as he's only seven we were very careful about setting up an account for him. It's set to an 'under 13' year old account, so there's no chat option, and he knows to ignore any friend requests that come through, though I will be checking later to make sure he hasn't accepted any by mistake.

If your child has this game and you are not sure of the settings it's wise to review them, as with any online game, to keep your child safe.

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  • Kelly R.

    Do people not check what their kids are playing?? I have my girls account logged in on my phone She is only allowed people she knows as friends on there, so she has 3 friends. And I watch what she's doing. End of day if ur letting ur children have access to the internet at all u need to be on the ball

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    • Kim F.

      Kids can be crafty. It's not always easy to keep track. They can easily download apps without your knowledge if you haven't locked their iPad down.

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      • Kelly R.

        My kids both have iPads they can't download anything without the password.... it's a parents job to be one step ahead. And my kids iPads are logged into my account so I can remotely see what they are doing on my phone, or what they are watching. A lot of schools do online safety classes for parents if they aren't sure.

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        • Claire M.

          My daughters account is logged in on my phone and when she is on laptop i sit next to her she is only allowed kids i know personally

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          • Fiona M.

            I have all passwords to daughters accounts, check her mail, friend request and content. Anything/anyone I'm not happy with is removed. I have deleted whole accounts if she argues.

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            • Charlie L.

              My son is way more savvy than me with technology. He can unlock my parental settings quicker than I can set them! It's scary. Just hope I have taught him well enough to be aware of the dangers and monitor as much as I can :confused:

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              • Kelly R.

                Charlie Crabtree- Langley well he obv has ur passwords then coz my son is tech smart but doesn't know Apple password so can't get round the parental settings! If I thought he knew it I would change it

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              • Gillian H.

                My sons on this now. Hubby made sure its safe but Im going to get him to double check Checked its set to under 13 parental control

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                • Vanessa R.

                  How do u set this up

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                  • Gillian H.

                    Tbh Im not sure, hubby did it when first set up cus I was always asking who he was speaking to. He said it has to have parental sign in or up. I've just read that it says under 13. Perhaps there's something in settings?

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                    • Vanessa R.

                      Im gonna have a wee look. My daughter always plays this but never private chats. I always look.

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                    • Emily B.

                      Mine play it but he isn't allowed to use the message boards or talk to anyone. It's about educating your kids

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                      • Kelly R.

                        My thoughts exactly

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                        • Emily B.

                          We've always been honest with him. Told him it's not safe online and that he mustn't give his name, age, area or any other personal info out. He's well aware of stranger danger and he's been told that if he talks to anyone online it's an immediate confiscation of his tablet. He wouldn't risk it to lose his tablet

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                          • Laura C.

                            Exactly! I also check my son's account frequently to make sure no-one has messaged, he plays it downstairs where we can see him anyway!

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                            • Emily B.

                              Mine does too. Usually he's too busy playing it to bother checking the chat box, but it's a public box so all the players can see it

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                            • Danna W.

                              Thank you I will check this pairs tablets tomorrow but I think they deleted it!xx

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                              • Allison C.

                                My son stuff on his games are linked to my email address I know when someone try to contact him or he press something lol look on his face when I say what did try and get or what's this So I have control. He 15 lol.

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                                • Claire B.

                                  My kids play this but I assume they need to be signed in to be messaged etc. My kids have not signed up they just play the games.

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                                  • Amy M.

                                    This happened to my six year old the other day on this game. I was horrified but luckily was on the ball and stopped it immediately.

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                                    • Clare W.

                                      Omg :scream: what's wrong with people :rage:

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                                      • Danielle-Natasha C.

                                        If you don't set up an account for them they can still play without having access to messenger or friend requests!

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                                        • Jolene G.

                                          They still have access to the chat though

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                                          • Danielle-Natasha C.

                                            I believe you can mute it! I'll have to check that again now though, having doubts!!

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                                            • Danielle-Natasha C.

                                              Yep it can be muted

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                                            • Esther P.

                                              Thanks hon. Checked but it was locked already. Interesting that I can have a record of stuff on my phone too though, how do I link it to my phone if she is on her own tablet? X

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                                              • Neil F.

                                                I check my youngest daughters tablet daily, and tell her strictly not to add anyone she doesn't know.. She plays this game a lot but all the friends she has on it are classmates

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                                                • Davina W.

                                                  Thanks Hun will go double check her settings, had a look the other day seemed fine , we just need to be very vigilant with them and careful xx

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                                                  • Samantha T.

                                                    Luckily Jake can't read yet xx but I'm always checking x

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                                                    • Tammy K.

                                                      Mine dont play it anymore it keeps crashing x

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                                                      • Tracy W.

                                                        Ohhh lol xx

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                                                      • Tracy W.

                                                        I shared something similar about this the other week....we've been thru it and had a 'long chat' :kissing_heart::kissing_heart:

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                                                        • Jolene G.

                                                          I realised last week even with the account 'locked' strangers can still send messages through to your child, I deleted my daughters soon as I realised, not worth the risk

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                                                          • Yvonne M.

                                                            Scary out there no kids are truly safe xx

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                                                            • Davina W.

                                                              I've turned off settings for them to receive pm I've already locked things by age settings on the tablets but I didn't realise there was pm on this. Is that all I need to do change is so they can't get pm?

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                                                              • Sarah W.

                                                                Thank u lovely saw something like this earlier will b sorting xx

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                                                                • Mary M.

                                                                  We seen this earlier so have been threw all their accs and all good :see_no_evil: deleting all their friends on it just incase x

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