Are your children utterly fascinated by Roblox? Of course, since you’re here, we will be bold and assume they are. But, while you’re probably thrilled that your kids have a new passion, you might be worried about whether your kids remain safe on their new favorite platform.
If you’re concerned about the security risks, we could not agree more with you. Many digital platforms appeal to younger audiences lately. Unfortunately, each poses security risks for kids because they are always more vulnerable to cybercrime.
So if you’re in the inquiring mindset today, these are some more questions you should have in mind: Is Roblox safe for children? What is Robux anyway? What is “safe chat” on Roblox? This article will answer all those questions and many more to know how safe Roblox is for kids and how you can deal with it.
Roblox: What is it, and how does it work?
Roblox is an online digital multiplayer “imagination platform,” according to the platform’s developers. You will probably agree with their idea if you’ve seen the website.
It’s a platform where every user can play several different video games of many genres and even develop their own games.
In Roblox, the tools are there for any user to develop new games. So, new developers can focus on the game’s central idea instead of worrying about all the technical issues. And once they have something playable, they can use the same Roblox platform to share it with the community.
Making a new game is relatively straightforward in Roblox. Hence, any user can create a game using this platform after some practice. These new games allow users to have fun with their friends, showcase their talents, learn the arcane art of game development, develop a portfolio if they want to join the game industry, and even make money if the game gathers enough interest.
However, many users don’t want to bother about making new games. Instead, they want to play and chat. The chatting element is essential in Roblox because it’s a social platform as much as a gaming one. The built-in chat feature you find in every game goes a long way in making this possible.
Every game listed on Roblox has an age rating. Many games are developed with the social element in mind, so winning them involves accomplishing a goal that needs the players to communicate among themselves.
If you’ve read this far, you must have noticed that it is a content-intensive social media website like TikTok and other similar platforms, no matter how it looks on the surface. And it’s the social factor of this equation from where the risks for children stem.
Age restrictions in Roblox
Roblox is suitable for children aged ten and older, according to the Entertaining Software Rating Board (ESRB). However, the fantasy/violence element makes the appropriate age relatively high. So parents are encouraged to prevent their children from joining the platform and playing the games before they turn 10. In this regard, Roblox resembles Minecraft very much.
If your boy or girl remains a primary school student, there are some extra safety measures to adopt. For example, the sign-up process should use your email, keep your kid’s credentials in mind, have your children play under an adult’s supervision, and monitor chats.
How can Roblox make ends meet?
Roblox’s business model is a type of “freemium” thing. You can play the games, chat with friends, and have platform access for free. But some games give you the option to buy items that need money.
The platform has an internal currency featuring a token called “Robux.” So your money buys these Robux tokens, which you can then spend on anything you want.
Video games with an internal financial system of sorts are not a new thing. For example, Fifa, Genshin Impact, and Hearthstone also have their own currencies, and the more recent games deployed on blockchains always have a cryptocurrency within the game.
You should probably know this: yes, Roblox is free. But having a good time within Roblox without spending money can prove challenging. For example, your kid could find that other players encourage him to get premium features, and he will see the platform’s offers for premium items. So it would be best if you were prepared to have a serious talk with your boy or girl explaining the reality of digital currencies so that your kid learns how to enjoy the platform within a budget or, better still, without spending any money.