Here are some tips that I hope you will find helpful.
1. Read the Parents Guide – It may sound like hard work, having to read a guide about a game your child wants to play, but given the nature of the game, I highly recommend you do so. You can find it here: https://corp.roblox.com/parents/ . While everything on this page is worth learning, I would like to highlight this particular point:
a. Roblox offers parental controls that allow for a selection of chat options (no chat, chat with friends, chat with everyone), account age visibility (13+ or <13), an account PIN code feature, and an Account Restrictions setting that only allows children under 13 to access a curated list of age-appropriate games.
2. Don’t use your child’s real name – this may seem like an obvious thing to point out, but when creating a username for your child’s account, don’t use their real name. Let them be creative and choose a random one. GladiatorCheese. FlowerMcFlowerHead. Anything other than their real name. You may also not want to provide their actual birth date, but bear in mind they use the birthday to work out what age your child is, so try to keep it the same year but perhaps change the date and month – I always do.
3. Enabling Parental Controls – the absolute key to keeping your child safe when playing Roblox is how to control communication, and how to apply a PIN so that your child can’t change the settings. You have a number of options with Roblox, all of which are outlined in the guide here, but here is my quick guide (assuming you have already created an account for your child):
a. Enable PIN – Once logged in, go to the cog in the top right. Go to Settings. Now, there is a little menu just on the left:
b. Click on Security. Toggle the switch next to Account PIN is currently disabled. It if you haven’t assigned a valid email address to your account, it will ask you to do this.
c. Once you have done this, it will ask you for a PIN. Keep this PIN to yourself! Now, every time your child wants to change any of the administration settings, a PIN will be required. With no PIN, they can’t change the settings.
d. You can also apply Account Restrictions – this means that only curated content (content reviewed by Roblox) can be accessed by your child, and not just any content created by anyone.
e. Now, go to Privacy. You can change Contact Settings. You can change communication settings to Off, so that no one can chat to your child (as screenshot below), but at the very least, ensure that “Who can chat with me in game” is switched to No one.
f. You may now want to change the other settings so that no one can invite your child to other games under Other Settings. I recommend you keep “Who can join me in game” as Friends, and you’ll see why below.
4. Download the ConnectSafely Parents Guide – Roblox also provide a safety guide written by ConnectSafely, an online safety organisation based in the US. https://corp.roblox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Roblox-ConnectSafely-Parents-Guide-v2.pdf
5. Read the FAQ – I know, more reading – I appreciate that. But it is important to be in the know https://corp.roblox.com/faq/
6. Create an account yourself and play with your child – in order to know exactly what your child is getting themselves into. One of the best ways of doing this is creating an account yourself and playing with them! Simply create an account, search for your child’s username and once you have found them, click “Add Friend”. Now, you and your child can join the same game. I do this often with my son – when he has found a new game, sometimes I jump in with him to investigate what kind of game it is. My chat is always on, so I can see what kind of things people are saying, while he can’t.
7. Sit with your child when they are playing – or at the very least, check on them often. Watch what they are doing, ensure they are playing safely and are not doing something they shouldn’t be doing.
8. Warn them of the dangers – Have you ever taught your child not to talk to strangers? Warned them about touching electricity sockets? The same concept should be applied to teaching them online behaviour – and be honest about it. Tell them that there are bad people on the internet and if they ask for anything like their real name, address or compromising pictures, get them to tell you. Have they invited you to use another program to chat to them? Tell them to tell you first.