It’s true, that after downloading the Roblox Studio, users (both children and adults) have access to a plethora of creative tools in order to build an online game, based on your imagination and creativity. It’s a different approach to just playing games online so children can exercise their minds by exploring the studio of it’s tools, learn how to use them and begin to create a virtual world. The game that you create, can then be played by other users of Roblox and is added to the Games List according to popularity.
The Unfortunate Downside
Yes, it’s that social interaction again that is a cause for concern for Parents. As mentioned before, the registration process makes it very easy to create fake accounts. Users must be 18 or older or have your parent or guardian’s consent to agree to their Terms and Conditions.
The site claims to filter information on profiles, limiting personal information being posted if the user is under 13 years of age. However, this is not always the case as it has been reported before of a user of 9 years of age who was free to give out personal information on their profile page.
The platform actively encourages users to make anonymous friends and allows private messages to be sent between anonymous users. This potentially leaves young adults and children exposed to interaction with cyber bullies and online groomers who use inappropriate and adult language.
Already, there have been reviews posted with regards to online daters (also known as ‘Oders’) who attempt to establish a romantic connection with other users via the messaging service.
The problem of cyberbullying is also high due to the anonymity, the ability to create multiple accounts and the chat features. As the platform has its own online currency (Robux), many users have complained about being victims of cyberbullying if they don’t have Robux.
There is one additional problem that occurs with some of the games. As many of them require payment, you will constantly view pop-ups that request additional payment. When you click on this pop-up, it will direct you straight to the payment section of your Play or App store.