What do I need to know about Roblox?

We've spoken to parents to find out what they think about Roblox. We've also asked children and young people what they think. Here's what they said:

Children’s views


What do children and young people dislike about it?

10% of the children and young people who reviewed Roblox thought it was unsafe. The main things they told us they don’t like about Roblox were:

  • Receiving or seeing bullying messages in the chat
  • There are in-app purchases
  • Being contacted by people you don’t know


What do children and young people like about it?

The main things that children and young people told us they like about Roblox were:

  • It’s fun to play a variety of games
  • It encourages you to be creative and develop your own game
  • You can play with and talk to your friends

Is content on Roblox suitable for children and young people?

We asked parents and young people about the types of inappropriate content they’ve seen on Roblox. The level of risk is based on the % of respondents who reported seeing these types of content. The ratings are: Low Risk (less than 5% of respondents); Medium Risk (between 5 and 25%); and High Risk (over 25%, or more than one in four).

Sexual

Medium Risk

Violence & hatred

Medium Risk

Bullying

High Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Medium Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Medium Risk

What are people saying about
Roblox?

Boy, 12

“I don’t like the fact you can privately message people in-game, the way the gaming community surrounding it is filled with hate towards each other, or the expensive micro-transactions.”

Girl, 16

“I love the variety of games on this platform and how you can support developers, especially younger people who are just starting to learn about scripting and building games. There are settings specifically for parents, for example who can message them and who they can message etc.”

Boy, 13

“The game has many features to block or get rid of people but I feel sometimes they don't work. There are some offensive worlds that are a bit disturbing but you can avoid these easily as they normally have offensive thumbnails or titles.”

Mother

“Lots of interesting games, some are alright for getting kids thinking. I'm not a big fan of the in-game chat as there is scope for kids to be rude to each other. This can be turned off but kids won't necessarily do so.” – Mother of a 12 yr old girl

Father

“Monitor and review the account settings on your child’s account and ensure that privacy and security options are set. Disable chat and messaging features.” – Father of a 9 yr old girl

Mother

“It has a wide range of games and seems to offer nice safe play on many of them. I love the way it encourages kids to develop their own games. This is its best feature.” – Mother of 8 and 11 yr olds

Roblox

"Roblox helps power the imaginations of people around the world. Our users come to Roblox to imagine, create, and play together in immersive 3D worlds, making it the largest interactive platform for play. We call it the “Imagination Platform” and invite everyone to play on it."

O2 Guru’s Top Tip for Roblox

O2 Guru Matthew says:


"You can change the privacy settings on Roblox by logging into the account and selecting the gear icon in the top right-hand corner. Go to settings, privacy and review the options under contact settings and other settings."


Our O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline can help you to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks. You can call us free on 0808 800 5002.


For face to face advice and support, you can also book a free in-store appointment with an O2 Guru here (even if you’re not with O2).

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What's the right age for Roblox?

7+

Roblox says

Roblox guidelines say you must have parental consent if under 18, and it's PEGI rated 7+.

9+

Our panel of parents say

Based on our independent panel of 2,049 parents, surveyed through YouGov in January 2018.

8+

Children say

Based on 2,059 responses from children and young people in November and December 2017.

8+

Net Aware visitors say

Based on 81 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site – you can vote too.

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