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To not let my 9 year old play Roblox

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Popfan Wed 04-Oct-17 18:59:50

My 9 year old DS is banging on about wanting to play Roblox. I've said no as I'm concerned about the chat function. There are restrictions for under 12s and apparently it can be disabled but I still feel worried. What do you all think?

snugglecat Wed 04-Oct-17 19:05:30

Watching this with interest, my 10 year old thinks im mean because ive said no as im unsure if its safe

mumsiedarlingrevolta Wed 04-Oct-17 19:07:05

This is the second time I've seen this mentioned today and I've never heard of it before-
what is it??

MongerTruffle Wed 04-Oct-17 19:07:10

The chats are moderated. You can disable them, but they are very easily re-enabled.

Fekko Wed 04-Oct-17 19:09:08

Don't do it - it's like kiddie crack! Absolutely compulsive. 'Muuuuuum, an you get me a google play card? I neeeeeed it!'

Tazerface Wed 04-Oct-17 19:09:50

My boys play Roblox. We haven't disabled Chat as they are a) always in the room with an adult when playing; b) not quick enough at reading anyway to notice. However, their accounts are locked down so they can't be friended or anything overall so I think that might override the Roblox options?

In the whole time they've played it there's been one instigated Chat. Someone said hi. I said hi back (I was playing it) other player disconnected.

Maddiemademe Wed 04-Oct-17 19:09:58

I allow my 6 year old fa to play. Turn off the chat function though to be honest I have never witnessed anything inappropriate on there. The games are simple for children to play (and adults too!) I was bugged constantly as he had seen someone playing it on YouTube and I relented but made sure I supervised first.

Honestly have a little go yourself first if it makes you feel better but I would have no qualms letting children play it.

Maddiemademe Wed 04-Oct-17 19:10:31

*6 year old ds blush

NetRunner Wed 04-Oct-17 19:12:04

DS 10 plays. Never had an issue with anything inappropriate.

DropZoneOne Wed 04-Oct-17 19:13:18

My DD plays it, she loves it, arranges with her school friends to be online at the same time. I've disabled something - friends I think because she can chat. She knows not to talk about herself, it's all very mundane. She's 9 and they've had two talks about online safety at school.

bobkate Wed 04-Oct-17 19:13:40

After going to an internet safety evening which flagged up this and musically, amongst some other apps/games as being places where the majority of users are in fact older adults on the lookout for vulnerable kids, it would be a no no for my kids if they asked to access it.

Doomhutch Wed 04-Oct-17 19:15:56

Teacher here - we have endless issues with it at school. Put it off for as long as you can!

coldcanary Wed 04-Oct-17 19:16:06

Both DD's play it with chat turned off. Some of the games glitch to buggery which is a real pain in the arse but we've had no problems with the social aspect of it.

Ilovehamabeads Wed 04-Oct-17 19:16:09

My DS(9) loves Roblox. He plays with his friends on Xbox, the games all seem pretty simple. I don't know the ins and outs of roblox but he's never played with anyone other than his own Xbox friends. None of them use chat, it takes them too long to type! They just talk with headsets.

bigkidsdidit Wed 04-Oct-17 19:17:16

My nearly 7yo begs to play it as a lot of his friends do. I have refused too.

Rinoachicken Wed 04-Oct-17 19:19:17

My DS (8) plays it. I turned off chat and disabled the friends options, so no one can add him as a friend. He can add his school friends if they write down their username for him, but tbh he is o my interested in playing the games and not at all bothered by the social side.

He plays it on the iPad but I also downloaded it on my phone and logged in as him so I can immediately see if someone tries to contact him (never happened).

Whosthemummynow Wed 04-Oct-17 19:21:51

My kids play roblox, as I find teaching them how to be safe online is more effective than just a blanket ban

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Wed 04-Oct-17 19:22:02

I would and do allow Roblox.

There has been some unpleasantness on chat earlier in the year with the boys in his friendship group setting up chats to be unkind to another and also some hacking of each others' accounts. All monitored so intercepted and dealt with. Also learnt a lesson about sharing logins (had done the whole internet safety thing, did it at school but ds is very green and too trusting). Better to learn this now then at 12 or 14 when he's less likely to want to be hanging out with me and talk to me about stuff.

JigglyTuff Wed 04-Oct-17 19:22:12

Just turn off chat. I'm curious as to what other issues there are with it?

DixieNormas Wed 04-Oct-17 19:30:23

My 6 and 4 year old play it sometimes, my 14 year old played it when he was younger

TheMasterNotMargarita Wed 04-Oct-17 19:35:54

Dd played for a while but I thought that much of the point was that you interact.
Way too many inappropriate comments. Nothing awful but things like let's be bffs, then be my girlfriend, come for a sleepover..I watched closely and didnt like where it was leading.
There was also one game adopt-a-baby I think. Some of them formed a gang and went round 'killing' the babies. We are very lucky she told us as she knew something was off with it.
It got deleted. She prefers Animal Jam now.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Wed 04-Oct-17 19:38:34

We don't allow the baby killing game either.

Allthewaves Wed 04-Oct-17 19:40:16

My 6 yr old and 9 year old play. They r only allows to play signed in with their log in as iv set accounts up for both for under 12s. Stops them playing unsuitable games and iv disabled chat

Allthewaves Wed 04-Oct-17 19:41:54

Kids r obsessed woth jail break

Allthewaves Wed 04-Oct-17 19:43:29

I get lots of moans their friend r playing x game on it and I say tough. If you set up child accounts in believe it only let's them play moderated games?

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