New York City, United States, 09/21/2021 / Top Wire News /
Young people and parents often mention Roblox, the popular gaming site in our education sessions. Young people regularly tell how much they enjoy playing various games on the site and parents often ask different questions related to how the site works.
What is Roblox?
Roblox is a multiplayer gaming platform where multiple players interact and play games together online. The site features a collection of games that are primarily aimed at users in the 8-18 age group, although people of any age can join the site and play games. Roblox is currently available on the phone, PC, tablet, and Xbox One.
Every game available on Roblox has been created by users, and one can choose from the wide variety of games available on the platform. Games can vary from starring in a fashion show, to delivering pizzas, or to roaming in a medieval kingdom as a knight. This huge variety of gaming options is the main reason behind the popularity of the platform as Roblox offers something for almost any player.
Key things that parents should be aware of
There are no age restrictions on the platform, although most games are aimed at users in the 8-18 age group. Kids, teens, and adults all can interact and play a game of their choice. All the games on the platform are multiplayer and include a written chat feature that is visible to players within each individual game. Players can also send and receive friend requests while playing the games and this effectively means that they can chat with each other even outside of the game.
Roblox Studio is a section where users use their own creativity to create games and share these with others. As the content is mostly user-generated, there might be instances when the content is not appropriate for kids or young children. Games with weapons, blood, and heavy violence are a good example where the content might not be appropriate for the children.
Roblox features its own virtual currency Robux. It’s quite similar to other such currencies and users can earn it while playing games or use it for buying subscriptions and other items. Players can also convert their Robux into real money if they are over the age of 13, have Roblox’s premium subscription, and have access to a PayPal account. This means that a kid might not be able to convert his Robux into real money without the assistance of an adult or parent.
Top Tips for Parents
It’s important to show an interest in the games that your children are playing. You must also have regular conversations with them about the games. If the children know that you have an interest in the game, they will be more comfortable discussing it with you.
Set rules around spending money on games
Have a conversation about spending money on games with your child. This will help them realize that it’s possible to spend real money on a game. You can also ask them to take your permission before making an in-game purchase.
Explain the importance of personal information
Explain the importance of keeping personal information safe during online chats with your children. You can tell them to inform you immediately if the person on the other end of the chat wants to exchange personal info such as telephone number, wants to meet offline, or is interested in exchanging images.