Is Roblox Safe for Kids? A Parent’s Guide to the World’s Most Popular Kids’ Game

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Joseph Pratt

MAY 08, 2024

Is Roblox Safe for Kids? A Parent’s Guide to the World’s Most Popular Kids’ Game

Has your kid been begging to play Roblox? Welcome to the club! Parenting today includes managing kid’s video game usage, and Roblox is one of the most popular.

But did you know that multiple families are suing Roblox for falsely advertising that Roblox is safe for kids? It’s innocent, Lego-like animation and fast rise to popularity have left many parents unaware of Roblox’s hidden dangers.

We are here to walk you through those dangers and how to help keep your kids safe on Roblox.

What is Roblox?

Roblox is a gaming experience where kids can play with friends and peers, create their own experiences and play experiences made by other users.

Roblox’s mission is to “bring the world together through play,” but Roblox itself isn’t a game so much as it is a platform for games. 

When a child signs on to Roblox, they enter a virtual space that hosts more than 11 million games called “experiences.”

All these experiences are created by users — not Roblox. There are obstacle courses (“obbys”), flight simulators, bowling alleys, schools, waterparks, and racetracks.

Experiences can be as diverse as delivering pizzas, raising a pet, or chopping down trees.

hands playing roblox on cellphone

There are no limits to the imaginative creations found on Roblox. But children do more than play games. They can also build their own experiences.

Aside from being a fun and creative exercise, developing unique worlds teaches them the basics of programming.

Is Roblox Safe for Kids 4 – 11 Years Old?

Roblox poses risks to kids because of explicit content and chatting capabilities with strangers. But with parental controls limiting access to such features, is Roblox safe for kids in this tender developmental stage? 

There are studies that suggest that creative, world-building games like Minecraft and Roblox can benefit school age children. These video games allow them to problem-solve and increase coordination. The back-end coding features can also educate kids on technology in a novel way. 

However, many studies also show how video gaming too young can cause poor social skills, aggression, and lower grades. 

Ultimately, it’s your decision whether you let your kids play Roblox. If you choose to let them play, you can reduce the risks with parental controls. 

Roblox Age Rating

According to the ESRB, Roblox’s age rating is T for Teen, meaning Roblox is generally suitable for teens age 13 and older. Roblox’s original age rating was 10+, however the wide range of games and experiences available for kids required reconsideration of the age rating. 

These experiences vary wildly, from age-appropriate obstacle courses, to sexually explicit strip clubs.

Is Roblox Dangerous For Kids?

Roblox sponsors user-generated content, which means there are certain games and Roblox features that can make it dangerous for children of any age.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) doesn’t even evaluate these user-made experiences when rating the game. They merely note “possible exposure to unfiltered/uncensored” content and leave it at that.

In-game ads present another, newer, factor for parents to consider. Roblox recently rolled out a wider launch of a video ad program that it had been piloting since late 2023. Now, users aged 13 or older will see digital video billboards in the game. When a player’s avatar looks in the direction of these billboards, the video autoplays on mute until the player chooses to unmute it. What those video ads might contain is a big question mark for parents to think about.

So dangers do exist.

That doesn’t mean, however, that every family will decide to avoid it entirely. The platform can be a safer and more enjoyable experience if parents are aware of the dangers and take steps to mitigate risk. 

Here are the most common hidden dangers of Roblox and what parents can do about them. 

Five Hidden Dangers of Roblox

1. Scams

“Robux” is the currency of Roblox. Robux can be used to buy clothing and accessories to make an avatar look cooler, in-game boosts to outdo other gamers, emotes to let characters do special actions, ads to promote personal games, or access to private servers to only play games with certain friends.

Sadly, some users have discovered ways to scam children out of their Robux. They may give kids the chance to double their Robux for a fee or offer them a discount on a clothing item. Scammers usually get their Robux while kids are left with nothing. 

Scam websites will also use bogus Robux offers as a way to get sensitive information from kids, such as passwords and addresses. Scammers will also send kids links to dangerous, virus-riddled websites.

The loss might seem innocent, but Robux is purchased with real money. Kids can be taught to ignore deals offered by other players and to speak with their parents if anything feels fishy.

2. Online Predators

Wherever kids gather online, predators are sure to follow. Roblox, a platform overwhelmingly played by minors, is no exception. It’s important to understand that kids typically don’t want to connect with predators or even adults. They just want to connect with their peers on an online playground. 

Despite this fact, it isn’t hard to find stories of kids being groomed on the platform.

Predators troll popular places to target children, evaluating what players are the most vulnerable. They approach kids through a direct message or even in a group chat, asking to be added as a friend.

Around 89% of these victims are approached by online predators via chat rooms or instant messaging.”

Online Predators: Recognizing the Signs and Protecting Your Child

After establishing trust, they invite the child to chat on third-party platforms like Snapchat, WhatsApp, or Instagram. These social media sites are more flexible than Roblox and allow users to send video, audio, or photos.
Despite Roblox’s safety and monitoring features, no platform can ever provide adequate protection with an estimated half-a-million online predators threatening our kids each day.

Children are safest when parents take a few precautions before they play. Teach kids not to chat with or accept friend requests from strangers.

It’s also important that they never accept invitations to connect on third-party platforms with people they meet online. 

Make it OK for kids to come to you when they have made a mistake online by responding to a stranger.

Look into parental controls. Roblox lets parents limit who can message or chat with their kids. In fact, the messaging options and chats can be completely turned off. This is the best way to ensure that your child cannot be contacted by strangers. 

no chat feature icon

Parents who choose to allow chat can consider regularly reviewing their children’s chat and messaging history. Messages can’t be removed, so inappropriate communications won’t be deleted.

For additional resources, explore how to protect children from online predators and learn to recognize the signs of online grooming or what to do in cases of sextortion.

The more informed parents are, the better they can help keep their kids safe. Despite evolving legislation to protect kids from online predators, parents are still necessary factors in preventing contact with predators.

3. Inappropriate Content

While most content on Roblox is kid-friendly, parents have reported their kids finding sex rooms, strip clubs, and other sexually explicit experiences.

There are also violent games with blood on the floor and walls, where the sole purpose is to kill other users. Other experiences make reference to drinking or using drugs.

Public chats can further be a source of inappropriate content. Users can say racist, hateful, or inappropriate things if they find ways around Roblox’s filters. 

Also note that game developers can include links to YouTube and other third-party sites in the description section of their games. These links could lead to unsuitable channels and sites.

little boy with shocked face looking at smartphone

Because it is possible to find sexual, violent, or drug-related content on Roblox, it can be an unsafe place for kids to explore on their own. 

To protect kids, parents can set limits on where children play by only allowing them to play in common areas of the home.

Additionally, we can regularly review a list of the games kids have tried by selecting “Continue” on the Home screen.

“Account Restrictions” in the “Privacy” tab of “My Settings” can also be enabled. This will limit the games kids are allowed to play to those vetted by Roblox in accordance with criteria similar to ESRB’s guidelines for children ages 10+. 

The account restrictions will still allow children to see every Roblox game and read its description, but they won’t be able to play any games that are not on the designated list.

4. Bullying, profanity, and chats

The Roblox chat function enables players to interact socially, but it also poses problems for young people.

Kids can be bullied for all sorts of things—the way their avatar looks, making mistakes in a game, or for no reason at all. Bullies can be a simple annoyance or they can be hurtful.

Although the public and private chat filters block inappropriate words and replace them with hashtag symbols (#), users are finding ways around them. This can expose your child to profanity, racism, and hate speech. 

The best to ensure that your child cannot be contacted by strangers is to completely turn off chat in Roblox.

Additionally, bad actors have found ways to get around Roblox’s restrictions on posting websites within chats.

This could lead to children accessing inappropriate websites and servers outside Roblox.

The simplest way to protect children from these dangers is to limit who can chat with them or turn off chat completely.

5. Excessive screen time

Every parent understands this risk. Roblox is fun and designed to keep players on the platform.

Users have logged over 95 billion hours on Roblox.

We can put measures in place to ensure our children don’t spend too much time on the screen. Setting clear expectations and implementing a family media plan can help.

How to Keep Kids Safer on Roblox

Any digital service that relies on user-generated content presents inherent risks for kids, and Roblox is no exception. 

Still, the platform offers a more robust set of parental protections than most other apps. So while Roblox can be dangerous for kids when fully unlocked, it can be a safer game when parents take advantage of the following settings. 

Even with parental controls, Roblox is not recommended for children under the age of thirteen.

keeping kids safe on roblox with parental controls, account restrictions, view history, reporting and blocking, communication, invitations, and co-playing

Account restrictions

Turning this setting on will only allow children to play games on a Roblox-approved list of experiences.

This feature turns off all chat and messaging services automatically.

Go to “My Settings” > “Privacy” > toggle “Account Restrictions” > On


Parents are able to easily turn all communication off.

Go to “My Settings” > “Privacy” > under “Communication” > “Off”

You can also select “Custom” to pick and choose which communication features your child will have access to. 

Just know that predators are devious and can find ways to contact kids, even if their chat is set to “Friends.”

Your child will be safest when chat is turned off completely. 

Other settings

Parents can use this option to control who can invite their children to private servers (games you need an invite to play) as well as who can see what their child is playing and join them.

Go to “My Settings” > “Privacy”

Lock settings

Roblox allows parents to create a 4-digit pin to lock privacy settings. This prevents children from changing any safety settings without parental consent.

Go to “My Settings” > “Parental Controls”


Other helpful features for families

Today’s technology is constantly evolving. For instance, Roblox is working on creating a rating system that will provide parents with information about the individual games on their platform. 

While features like this will help parents protect their children, other innovations—like plans to allow audio chats on some games—present new risks for families.

Parents can see their children’s chat and message histories by clicking on the “chat” icon in the bottom right corner of the home screen or the “message” icon at the top of the home screen. Kids can archive messages, but they can’t delete them. 

Parents and children can also block other users as well as report inappropriate content, experiences, advertisements, or chat messages. Without parental controls, Roblox is not safe for kids. However, it does include a comparatively comprehensive set of tools for families.

mom and daughter looking at parental controls on laptop

To decide if you should let your kids play on Roblox, stay up-to-date on the game, understand its dangers, and use available parental controls.

Beyond this, it’s always a good idea to talk to kids about what they’re playing and join in the fun by playing with them. Parents can also arm their kids with safe tech that allows them to stay in touch with family and friends while avoiding dangerous pitfalls associated with technology. 

What did we miss? What do you think about Roblox? How has it affected your family? Let us know in the comments!


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