What is Roblox, how does it work and is it safe for kids?
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(Pocket-lint) – Kim Kardashian’s son recently received national attention for being on Roblox and seeing something he shouldn’t have seen. Whether that happened is up for debate – it was a reality TV scene after all – but you might still be wondering: What is Roblox? Or maybe you know someone who has spent a lot of time on Roblox, maybe even your child. Whatever your situation, here’s how Roblox works, whether it’s safe, and some tips.
What is Roblox?
Roblox is an online platform that reached 43 million daily active users last May. The company claims that more than half of American children and teens under the age of 16 play the game. David Baszucki is the co-founder and CEO of Roblox, which launched in 2006 as a website. Today, Roblox can be accessed on a whole host of different devices.
Roblox is a place where kids and adults can go to socialize and play games. It also has a unique art style that some would call “cartoonish” or two-dimensional.
Robox games are exclusively created by the Roblox community. Even you can create a game in Robox. But if you just want to use Roblox to play with friends, you can do that too. In fact, it is easy to play with friends, as several multiplayer games are available, as well as social functions like messaging.
What are Roblox avatars?
One extremely important thing to know about Roblox is avatars. It’s how you appear in the game world. Everyone automatically receives an avatar, a human-like character that, by default, mirrors your appearance in all Roblox games. You can earn items and customizations for your avatar, or you can buy them with Robux virtual currency, which must be purchased with your real money. So, yes, you will need a credit card linked to your account to purchase Robux.
Avatars can be customized with a wide range of body parts, accessories, clothing, skin colors, animations, and more. This gives you a myriad of ways to express your personality and style on the platform. If you’re not sure where to start or need some inspiration, there are several resources available online, including Pinterest.
How to Chat in Roblox
There are several things to know about how messaging works on Roblox.
To send a message to a friend, go to your Friends section and click on your friend’s name. You then access their profile. Tap the Message button at the top of the page which contains their username and friends and followers information.
If you’re not friends with someone you want to message, you can still do so as long as both you and that person have allowed it in their privacy settings.
Can’t click the “Message” button?
If the person you’re trying to message has a “Message” button that isn’t clickable, their privacy settings may not be set to allow private messages.
What games can you play on Roblox?
There is a wide variety of games to choose from on Roblox. For example, there are obstacle courses (Obbys), first-person shooters and puzzle games.
The most popular and best Roblox games
How to Register or Join Roblox
If you are completely new to Roblox, click here to create an account.
Is Robox a free game?
Creating a Roblox account is free, and most games on the platform are free. However, some games require paid access.
Does Robox have ads?
Yes. Advertisements can be images that players upload to promote their “locations, clothing, skins, decals, groups, etc.” Roblox said they will be displayed on the top and sides of Roblox.com. When you click on the image, you access the object of the advertisement.
What are Robux?
You will have to pay for games and other things in Roblox with virtual currency from Robux.
For example, some games on Roblox offer purchasable upgrades in the form of Game Passes (one-time unlocks and developer merchandise) that can be purchased multiple times. It’s like in-app purchases. But you buy them with Robux, which must be bought with real money.
How to buy Robux
You can buy Robux from here. When you purchase Robux, you receive a “limited, non-refundable, non-transferable, revocable license” to use the virtual currency on Roblox.
What is Roblox Premium?
Roblox also offers a monthly subscription, called Roblox Premium, which unlocks benefits such as a monthly stipend for the logbook and a badge next to your name. By choosing the Premium subscription, you must agree to be over 18 years old and you authorize Robux to charge your account each month until you cancel the subscription.
What devices are compatible with Roblox?
You can use Robox and play Roblox games on the web as well as on your PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and Xbox. Some games are only supported for PC.
What is the Pocket-lint daily and how do I get it for free?
Most of the games you’ll see on Roblox, especially on the homepage, will be fully supported on all platforms.
Does Roblox sync with other devices?
Yes. Your game progress will be saved between devices. This means you can resume a game on your iPhone after leaving it on your Xbox.
How to create games on Roblox
Roblox offers a game creation engine called Roblox Studio. It’s what the Roblox community uses to create games and release them for free for other users to play. You can download it on your PC and Mac and start creating your own game.
Roblox Studio Supported Devices
Roblox studio is only available for PC and Mac.
Download Roblox Studio
If Roblox Studio is not yet on your computer, get a secure download here.
- After installing Roblox Studio, double-click the desktop icon (Windows) or the dock icon (Mac).
- On the login screen, enter your Roblox username and password, then clickLogin.
Is Roblox safe for my child?
Roblox is a platform for all ages. This means that both children and adults use it daily. This is because there are different types of games available for different age groups. For example, a first-person shooter, such as Phantom Forces, is geared more toward older users.
If you’re worried about what your child can do on Roblox, consider setting up parental controls by doing the following:
- Sign into your account.
- Click on the icongearthen onSettings.
- On the right side of the pageSettingsclick onPrivacy.
- From here you can adjust the contact settings and theother parameters.
- If your child is 12 years old or younger, you can chooseFriends WhereNobody.
- If your child is 13 or older, there are additional options for interacting with other players.
If you want additional control, go to the Security section of the Account Settings page. Here you can set a PIN and other account restrictions.
Are there scams on Roblox?
There are reports of scams in certain games. For example, if you need Robux, scammers may trick you into clicking links by promising you free Robux.
Roblox said to follow these tips to keep your account safe:
- Never share your password
- Make your password hard to guess
- Report anyone who asks for your password using the Report Abuse function.
- Free Robux does not exist: Do not trust players or sites offering free Robux.
Written by Maggie Tillman.