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The child-friendly game platform “Roblox” has been officially available in German since this month - with translated top games and appropriate support. That's why I already met you recently Roblox for the iPad presented. With a total of around 60 million games to choose from and up to 90 million active users per month, you should keep your eyes open not only as a player, but also as a parent. Because despite the fact that the Roblox developers moderate the games and the exchange between users, youth and data protection should not be completely disregarded.
Like Roblox to told SPIEGEL, Europe is already the second largest market for developers and their platform. In addition, it is expected that "the number of European users will exceed the number of US users over the next two years". The mixture of Lego and Minecraft is particularly aimed at children as users. More than 50% of the accounts are held by people under the age of 13. Despite a zero-tolerance policy of the Roblox makers when it comes to obscene, offensive or immoral content as well as corresponding chats or data queries, parents should not leave their children completely alone in the virtual world.
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If your children want to play Roblox and you want to make the same thing a bit safer, then the best way to do it (in the web browser) is: Click on the top right Gear and then on Settings. On the settings page of Roblox you now select the tab Safety. Now you can, among other things, set the two-factor security and an account PIN. This makes it difficult to hack into your protégé's account. It is also advisable to use the Account restrictions to activate. This means that your child can only use checked content and no contact options are displayed. A Roblox parenting guide with more tips and information can be found with this link.
The SPIEGEL article linked above gives some examples from the depths of the game collection that are not quite as child-friendly. Obscene chats, querying phone numbers, disturbing game behavior by users or NPCs as well as illegal game content can occur. Even if they are quickly deleted by the developers after they have been discovered and the creators are banned, some keep trying. A "Landser" group is said to have uploaded Wehrmacht songs, for example. However, this is not the norm and, as already described, will be removed. If you only allow your children to access verified content, you should be able to rest assured.
What is your opinion on the topic? Is online content always a double-edged sword or should the Roblox creators review the game worlds and their content before publishing? Please leave your opinion on the game, concept and messages as a comment;)
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.