Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Roblox: Is It Safe?

by Alisha Johnson, Ensley Branch Library


Over the last year Roblox, which is an online game for kids where they can create and build their own games and play other games in a multiplayer environment, has created quite a stir and has given rise to the question of whether or not the game is safe for our children. Roblox does not require a minimum age to create an account and begin playing, but it does offers in-app currency that allows the user to purchase clothes, games, weapons, avatars, and other objects.

Some would say that the game is safe but that parents should definitely be alert of its hidden dangers. There are opportunities for predators and those with less-than-good intentions to communicate with our children and exchange inappropriate messages through chat. There are a number of ways to safeguard our children while allowing them to take part in the online gaming world and they include: enabling privacy settings, reporting bad behaviors, and blocking those users who present a threat to online safety.

Ultimately, the best way for us to combat these problems is to communicate with our children, understand what types of games they are playing, and who they are playing with. There are a number of resources available for parents to learn all about the game and possibly be a part of the gaming culture.

Check out these resources at your local library!

The Ultimate Roblox Book: An Unofficial Guide: Learn How to Build You Own Worlds, Customize Your Games, and So Much More! by David Jagneaux
The Ultimate Unofficial Guide to Robloxing: Everything You Need to Know to Build Awesome Games! by Christina Majaski
Master Builder Roblox: The Essential Guide
Roblox Game Guide, Tips, Hacks, Cheats Mods Apk, Download by Josh Abbott

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