Girl, 6, invited into ‘sex room’ while playing children’s video game Roblox
A mother has hit out at the makers of a game that is popular with children after a ‘friend’ invited her into a sex room. The woman, who only gave her name as Peggy, said she was watching her daughter play the game Roblox when the incident occurred. She immediately took the game away from the girl then explored what was happening so that she could warn other parents. She told Kidspot: ‘Luckily I was sitting next to her and noticed out of the corner of my eyes that one of the characters had breasts so it made me look closer.’ She added: ‘[My daughter] had absolutely no idea what she was looking at, but I would hate to think about what would have been said to her.’ Roblox is a multi-player online game and is user-generated. Gamers are not only able to join games which have all been created by users but also create their own adventures. It has virtual currency, known as Robux, which can be used on the site to buy things such as cool accessories, gear, shirts or limited items. A spokesman for the company said: ‘We were outraged to learn that Roblox’s community policies and review process were subverted to publish inappropriate content. Roblox games, which can be built from millions of building blocks, can be vast.
Advice from Safe on Social:
This is another beautifully creative app, made with clever intent that has a few issues parents
need to keep an eye on. It’s also an app that will require from a parent or teacher, more
education about the controls and options necessary to make this game a safe experience. Described by the founder David Baszucki, as an “immersive 3D sandbox”, the initial premise was as a space that would drive itself through the creativity of the players, by constructing games and worlds attractive to other users.
The age rating is cited as 12+
When signing up (Things to do list)
- Use a pseudonym for your childs username
- make sure your password is at least 8 digits long with upper and lower-case letters,
plus a numeric included
- use the actual date of birth to engage the relevant restrictions, particularly if your
child is under 12.
- provide your parent email address
- use the parental pin option
- Enable account restrictions
- use the two step verifications system
- do not include links to other social media accounts
- choose your parental controls
- work with your child, and explain your actions and the reasons for not sharing personal information online with anyone. When they are under the age of 12yrs you must approve all connections.
Robux - and the game economy
If it fits the games family friendly ethos, creators can create, and charge players for in game items
they have designed. Robux currency is earned, which can be spent on further items made by
others in the community.
Examples of items that can be purchased include avatar bits and pieces, clothing, additional
tools, skills to enhance game play and materials for construction.
In-game purchases are available
Real money can be spent to buy additional Robux.
Joining the Builders Club at sign up allows a player to make their own stuff, and sell these to
others. This is sensible option, providing a player with the ability to earn Robux and sustain their
game play in a self-sufficient manner.
With the option of in game purchases, comes the peer pressure to buy the latest “stuff” for
both avatars and to decorate and improve their worlds. Costs add up fast within the app, and
parents need to be aware of this.
Don’t link your credit card to your child’s Roblox account, and teach your child to ask if they
wish to shop online. A Roblox account should be opened with a parent present and engaged in the actions. It is possible to set a variety of controls at when opening an account and restrict these from alteration by your child. Two step identification When a Roblox account is logged into from a different device, an email containing a security number will be sent to the verified email address on the account. This code will be necessary to open the account, in addition to the user’s password.
Parent Pin - once your childs account is set up, a four-digit pin number can be used to block your child from altering their account settings without your authority.
If a player tries to access their account when a parental pin required , this is the window they will
A parent is able to completely review the history of your child’s account. They may see all games,
conversations, private message history, Robux accounting, and who their friends and followers
It is possible some children may have more than one account, in addition to their official one.
If your child wishes to accept friends, talk on chat etc you need to be prepared to supervise and
review their friends lists and interactions, when the parental controls are loosened. This can only
be recommended when a youngster has an understanding of how to be safe online.
The best way for a positive experience on Roblox is or the parent and the child to work together.
Learn the ins and outs of the game yourself. This game encourages imagination and creativity,
which can be very positive but it does require parental supervision, understanding and moderation
of the controls.