Roblox: Parents should help with profiling

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.

European users should outperform US users

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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Parents can do this for safety

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.

Your child's Roblox account offers settings that are beneficial to youth and data protection.
Your child's Roblox account offers settings that are beneficial to youth and data protection.

There is also a tab in the settings Privacythat you should also check out. There you can also deactivate the chat function (set the contact settings to "Off") or adjust the corresponding requirements for the chat. For “Who can text me?” There are the options “Friends” and “Nobody”. The same goes for the app setting. Unfortunately, no friends can be selected for the in-game experience - only “Everyone” or “Nobody” can be selected. There is more choice in More settings. Server invitations, game joining and inventory viewing can be set for followers, followed people, etc.

There are additional security settings for your child when they want to play Roblox.
There are additional security settings for your child when they want to play Roblox.

Why Parents Should Know Their Children's Roblox Account

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;)

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