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Roblox. What is it? Should I let my kids play it?

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:49 am
by Jenuall
Can someone give me a quick Roblox rundown?

My 8 year old has been banging on about it but I'm not sure how safe/appropriate it is for kids.

Can it be locked down to stop interacting with randoms?

Re: Roblox. What is it? Should I let my kids play it?

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:13 pm
by KingK
I’ve told my kids they’ll never be allowed to play it. Too many stories in the press of it being used by pervs etc

Re: Roblox. What is it? Should I let my kids play it?

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:14 pm
by aayl1
Remember when we knew all about the hip new games young people played, because we were they?

:(

Re: Roblox. What is it? Should I let my kids play it?

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:20 pm
by rinks
No, get them to play something good instead.

Re: Roblox. What is it? Should I let my kids play it?

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:21 pm
by Tsunade
Ella plays it and has done since she was 9. It's a collective of games made by other people. One of the games she seems to love is one where your character gets turned into a cake.

I never let her add "friends" on it unless it was her friends from school or her cousins, which are the only people I let her talk to on it, and she has to tell me if someone is trying to talk to her that she doesn't know.

Re: Roblox. What is it? Should I let my kids play it?

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:00 pm
by kerr9000
Tsunade wrote:Ella plays it and has done since she was 9. It's a collective of games made by other people. One of the games she seems to love is one where your character gets turned into a cake.

I never let her add "friends" on it unless it was her friends from school or her cousins, which are the only people I let her talk to on it, and she has to tell me if someone is trying to talk to her that she doesn't know.



My kid is 18 now so plays whatever she wants but this is very very much what I was like with my kid when she was that age... I was going to type a comment in here othering suggestions of how to let a kid play it but not put them at much risk but id just say be like Tsunade shes got it right.

I used to work in a Nursery and youd be amazed how many 4 year olds come in talking about playing call of duty etc

Re: Roblox. What is it? Should I let my kids play it?

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:26 pm
by Jenuall
Thanks for the replies! I think I'll download it and take a look at what controls it has then take it from there. I'm not massively worried but anything with user generated content and where randos can talk to you seems like a potential minefield!

Re: Roblox. What is it? Should I let my kids play it?

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:38 pm
by Peter Crisp
Jenuall wrote:Thanks for the replies! I think I'll download it and take a look at what controls it has then take it from there. I'm not massively worried but anything with user generated content and where randos can talk to you seems like a potential minefield!


It always amazes me when playing R6 siege and you hear people who seem super young start talking via open voice chat.
I think some parents need to be a little more cautious.

Re: Roblox. What is it? Should I let my kids play it?

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:22 pm
by Yubel
kerr9000 wrote:I used to work in a Nursery and youd be amazed how many 4 year olds come in talking about playing call of duty etc


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Re: Roblox. What is it? Should I let my kids play it?

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:56 pm
by Peter Crisp
I remember when I worked at Wollies and the few times I bothered going anywhere near the shop floor we had people arguing about age restrictions on games.
How dare you not sell my 10 year old son an 18 rated game!!!!!!!!

It was impossible to reason with them and was depressing as hell.