Parent’s Guide to Talking to Kids in Roblox

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Why is Roblox so popular with kids?

Roblox is basically an online version of “pretend” role-playing games on the playground. Kids can pretend to do all kinds of things that would be hard to do in real life in elementary school, like owning a pizzeria. And with a wide range of games, most kids can find at least one that interests them.

How much does Roblox cost?

Roblox uses a “freemium” model, which means the base game is free to play but some skills and abilities, items, outfits and more can be purchased. You pay for these upgrades with an in-game currency called Robux.

Robux can be purchased online, earned through play, or traded between players.

Roblox also offers a monthly subscription called Roblox Premium. There are three premium subscription levels. Each level includes a specific amount of Robux added to your account each month. The subscription also offers exclusive items, levels, boosters, games and discounts.

How to set parental controls on Roblox?

Roblox has an ESRB age rating of E10+, meaning it’s rated for everyone ages 10+. The ESRB also notes that players can interact with each other. These interactions might be inappropriate for younger players, so safeguards should be in place for them.

Roblox gives parents PIN-protected controls to limit who can chat and limit the types of experiences their kids can access.

To configure Roblox parental controls:

  • Log in to your child’s Roblox account.

  • Go to the Settings section. The icon looks like a cog in the upper right corner of the page.

  • Tap Parental Controls.

  • From there, toggle or tap the button to create a Parent PIN.

  • Enter a PIN you’ll remember, but make sure it’s one your kids don’t already know. Don’t use numbers they could easily guess, such as their date of birth or address.

  • Once the PIN is set, you will see a padlock icon on the top right of the parental controls section. This allows you to change controls for a while without continuing to enter your PIN for each setting.

  • Then tap “Privacy” on the right side.

Adjusting the account restrictions Setting to “on” means your child can only access content suitable for all audiences, and communication settings will be turned off, so they won’t be able to chat in games.

For older children, you can change parental settings: turn off “account restrictions”, then set up “communication limits”, where you can customize who can chat with your child. These personalized options include selections on who your child can interact with. You can decide, for example, that your child can only chat or send private messages to people they have become friends with.

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