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The internet is the most beautiful and horrifying creation in the history of mankind. On the one hand, it allows us to play endless creations (for free, no less!) in games like Roblox. On the other hand, though, it creates unfortunate scenarios where people have to protect themselves from nefarious bad actors online. I have seen some rather horrible scams and situations occur since starting to play Roblox in 2016. Thankfully, that is where this Roblox safety guide comes into play.
You see, Roblox is one of the largest games on the entire planet, with more than 200 million monthly active unique users. Get on any time of the day or night, and there will be millions of players online. The more players online, though, the more likelihood of scammers, cheaters, predators, and other people with ill intentions. Part of your responsibility in playing Roblox is to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here’s how to easily do that with this Roblox safety guide.
Bottom Line Up Front
Roblox has millions of active users online at all hours of the day and night. Popular games and experiences like Adopt Me, Bloxburg, Brookhaven, Royale High, and so many more constantly have cheaters, scammers, predators, and more looking for new prey. The best way to protect yourself is through various methods, such as two-step verification, never giving out personal info, playing with others, supervising any minors, limiting your communication online with others, and much more.
Roblox Safety Overview
In this far from perfect world that we live in, any good thing will be corrupted in some way, shape, or form. I find that some of the saddest ones have to do with games like Roblox, where there are a lot of kids playing online.
Unfortunately, the evil people out there online know that lots of kids play Roblox. Hence, they take full advantage of that fact and often target the most popular experiences. Ever since picking up Roblox for the first time in 2016, I have seen countless situations go down in various Roblox titles.
I couldn’t begin to count how many times I’ve seen a child be asked publicly to go to their private messages with someone else (who probably wasn’t also a minor), players are scammed and lose out on money or pets, a player is bullied (usually by multiple people), someone talks about their stolen account, and so on.
The list goes on and on all day long with the issues I have seen, some of which I’ve run into myself. I have younger family members who have been scammed before, and there have been plenty of scammers who have gone after me (unsuccessfully, thankfully).
The bottom line is that safety should be of the utmost importance for every single player in Roblox. If you are old enough to be reading this guide, you should be protecting yourself when playing online. It doesn’t matter what game it is; you have to have your guard up on all fronts to protect yourself from what can be some rather serious matters.
And suppose you know someone not old enough to thoroughly read and understand this guide but still plays Roblox (sadly, this is more common than you might think). In that case, it is your responsibility to protect those younger players or bring the issue of their safety to the attention of their parents or guardian.
Roblox Threats Explained
You see, countless threats exist in Roblox, and not every game has the same issues going on in it. In some games, the threat is more monetary or item-related. In games like Adopt Me and Pet Simulator X, you have the issue of players who might want to take all of your hard-earned pets or currency from you.
Other times, it is more of a grief or stealing issue, like in games like Bloxburg, where someone might want to take control of your house, destroy what you built, or take the money you received from jobs. Still, other times, there are issues of bullying and harassment.
I see this a lot in games where the Roblox text chat is heavily used, like in Greenville and Brookhaven. Worse still, there are even some who try to privately message children who don’t know any better.
And that is all before including the fact that some people are simply out to steal your account information or, worse, find out about your real life name, address, and so on. There are some seriously sick people out there, and spending any bit of quality time in Roblox will, unfortunately, cause you to run into them.
How to Protect Yourself
It isn’t a question of if you’ll run into trouble, bullies, harassers, cheaters, hackers, scammers, griefers, and predators online. Instead, it is a matter of when it will happen. So long as you play Roblox for any considerable period of time, it is going to happen, no doubt about it.
It sucks because we just want to enjoy a fun, endless array of Roblox experiences and the countless gameplay opportunities that exist, all within reach for absolutely no cost at all, at least monetarily. But the sad reality is that this game does come with a cost involved, and that is dealing with problems.
Thankfully, these issues don’t have to push you away from playing Roblox. In fact, I still recommend people to play the game and to even let their kids play Roblox, so long as they are sure to protect themselves when they do so. If done right with proper safety measures in mind, it is absolutely possible to enjoy playing Roblox with only minimal issues that you will run into. Here’s what you need to do.
First and foremost, I know that it is one of the most yawn-inducing safety methods in Roblox. Still, I highly recommend you turn on two-step verification. Look, I get it; this is one of those annoying measures that a game developer beats you over the head about in all of the online games out there, including Roblox.
I also get that it is super annoying to set up and, worse still, frustrating to deal with on a regular basis. I’m with you, and I’m not a fan of this measure, either, but it is a necessity regardless. Think of it as the small price you must pay to protect yourself online in Roblox and other similar games.
Two-step verification is an extra layer of protection where you must verify your account information when you log into a new platform or location. In general, what this usually means is that the game will send a verification code to your associated account email address, which you must input.
You’ll be unable to play without access to that email and the code. This isn’t a catch-all solution, but it takes care of situations where someone knows the password to your Roblox account but not your email address, so they aren’t able to actually play on it.
To set up the highly recommended two-step verification, head to the official Roblox website, sign in, and go to your account settings. You’ll need a verified email already on your account first, so please do that, and then turn on this setting under the Security section.
Pick a Tough Password
Next up in our safety recommendations is your password. Again, this is another one you probably hear about all the time. Still, I cannot stress the importance of having a challenging password enough. In this day and age, it almost doesn’t matter what your password is; a bot program will find it eventually.
That is basically inevitable, but there are some actions you can take to put that event off from happening as much as possible. First, select a difficult password that might even be hard for you to remember. I know some people who write down their passwords on a piece of paper and put it in a safe.
This is an extreme method, but it works. Create something super hard to remember for even yourself, and a bot will even have a hard time hacking it; just don’t lose your password, of course. What sucks is that kids can easily create a Roblox account on their own, and the game doesn’t require tough passwords.
I have seen the passwords that some kids I know came up with, and it is pretty sad. Needless to say, I changed that quite fast. Also, I should note here to never share your password with anyone at all. If you meet someone online, don’t you dare give them your password.
Even your friends at school don’t need to know your password. No account sharing, password trading, or any of that should go on. You are just asking for trouble as someone will definitely take advantage of that to take your items, money, and possibly even your entire account away from you.
Play With Trusted Friends and Family
Speaking of friends, this is where Roblox gets a little tricky. Anyone can add someone as a friend that they encounter in a match or game. I hate this aspect and recommend that people make their accounts private because of this.
Or, at the very least, ignore all friend requests you receive from people you don’t know. Don’t deny the friend request, either, as this will allow the person to send another friend request and keep bothering you. I think I have over 100 friend requests currently because of this.
I recommend that you only play with friends and family that you actually know. This way, you know each other in the real world, and you know who they actually are. This way, if there is an issue with them (hopefully not), you can talk to your parent or guardian about this problem.
I never allow my family to play with strangers. Does this stop them from trying when I’m not online? Sadly, no, but I do what I can to manage the strangers that they meet. Do I think kids shouldn’t be allowed to play with someone they meet?
I think it can be okay in some situations, so long as there is no communication or it is all publicly displayed. Still, I try to avoid this whenever possible. You just don’t know the intentions of someone, so it is crucial that kids and even teenagers and adults only play with people that they actually know.
Have Supervision for Kids
Following up on the last point is one that I think is essential for parents out there. Please, please, please supervise your kids when they are playing any online game like Roblox. If there is one takeaway from this Roblox safety guide for you, this is the one.
If you supervise your kids when they are playing online, you limit and avoid so many of the issues that could happen. Someone is bullying your kid? You can leave right then from that game. A person is trying to private your child? No worries because you have them block that person right then and there.
Supervision is essential, be it either keeping an eye on them while playing or, my favorite, playing the game with them. You’ll be able to see the chat and what everyone is saying and doing. You will avoid many terrible situations with this step alone.
However, there is a problem with this supervision factor. I get that some parents are busy a lot and/or don’t play video games. This is understandable. In that case, do what my family does and designate someone as their Roblox caretaker.
This could be an older sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin, family friend, and so on. I do this for several people in my family because the parents don’t play games or at least Roblox. I don’t mind it since it protects everyone that I care about from people online.
Limit Online Communication
This is another one for the parents out there, but I use it myself in practice. Try to limit your online communication with others. Rarely, if ever, should you use the text chat and absolutely never use the voice chat function (which isn’t even supposed to be legal for younger kids).
You will prevent many issues by simply not communicating with the players you are playing with. I get that this is impossible for certain games like The Conquerors 3 and any title that involves trading. But try to avoid it whenever you possibly can.
In most games I play, even ones involving killers like Flee the Facility, I don’t communicate there, and I still do fine. The only time I communicate is when I want to trade with someone in a game. Even then, I keep it to a bare minimum conversation to avoid harassment and other scams.
To that point, never, ever privately message someone you don’t know. I don’t care what the person says to you, but there is no reason for them to PM you. That is just asking for trouble and issues to happen. If they want to roleplay, for example, and you consent to that (and your parent or guardian approves), always do it publicly.
Beware of Trading and Other Scams
Another aspect of online communication is watching out for scams, especially when it comes to trading. This is part of the reason why I never allow someone to privately message me online. You want to keep everything public as it reduces the chances of someone trying to scam you since everyone can see what happens.
That said, even using public text chat will not completely eliminate the possibility of trading or other scammers. In that case, you need to watch out for people asking for weird requests. For instance, if they ask you to give them money or a pet first and then they will give you their trade later.
Never go for that. Games like Adopt Me let you clearly see what the other person is trading you so that you know without a doubt what you’re getting before you trade. In the same vein, only go for trades when you confirm with someone else or a third-party site that you aren’t being ripped off.
Lastly, for some of the other scams I regularly see, never give someone access to your house, account, or anything else in a game you don’t know. I don’t care how friendly someone is in Bloxburg; if you don’t know them, they don’t need access to your house and resources from which they can mess everything up or, worse, take advantage of your money.
Never Give Out Real Life Info
Last but certainly not least, one of the most fundamental safety measures you should always take in Roblox and anywhere else, honestly, is to never share your real-life information with anyone online. It doesn’t matter who they are or who they seem to be; there is no reason to share info about your offline identity with them.
People will try whatever they can to gain information about your actual name, address, city, region, and what you do. There is no reason for anyone to know this information, and you absolutely do not need to give them that info about you.
This isn’t usually as upfront and straightforward as someone saying, “where do you live?” Sure, some kids will be somewhat in your face with questions like that and even some people with nefarious schemes in mind.
But most of the time, there are other methods by which the most alarming and dangerous players will try to get info out of you. They will play your friend and be totally open with the player, not seemingly trying to get any information out of them.
They want to build some level of trust and then casually drop comments like “let me know what you want me to call you by.” In this way, they can find out about their real name. Or they may offer up some info like “I live in this town” and then hope that the other player will give up the same information.
Other times, they will tackle subjects a little bit at a time, playing the long game essentially. At one point, they might just note that they hate living in a small town and inquire about the other person’s living status. Then days and weeks later, they might narrow it down a little further by finding out if a person has a certain type of store in their town or neighborhood and later what state they may live in.
Revealing any real info about yourself is highly dangerous for numerous reasons. Even if you are an adult, you have to worry about the rather common swatting technique that people will use against someone that lives far away from them.
Question: Is Roblox safe for 10 and 11-year-olds?
Answer: Yes, I think this is a resounding yes. Only if you supervise and set some guidelines for your kid, though. I have family friends with kids around that same age, and I tell them there is no reason they can’t play Roblox so long as someone like myself or an older sibling watches over them. These kids might be relatively mature enough to play on their own. Still, they aren’t immune to the possibility of someone taking advantage or scamming them.
Question: Is Roblox safe for 7-year-olds?
Answer: Here is where the answer is a bit more complicated. Every family is different, so you have to figure out what works best for you guys. For my family and friends, that is old enough as long as they don’t chat and play with someone else (family or friend) all the time. But that may not work for all families out there.
Question: How do I let my kid play Roblox safely?
Answer: You can let your kid play Roblox safely by incorporating some of the safety measures mentioned in this guide. Set up two-step verification, don’t let them use chat (Xbox is great for this one!), always have someone supervise them, and never let them reveal personal information.
Question: What is the safest way to play Roblox?
Answer: The safest way to play Roblox, in my opinion, is on the Xbox family of consoles. Unlike mobile and PC, text chat is highly limited on this platform. Many games don’t even let Xbox players chat at all. In addition, follow the other procedures of turning on two-step verification, having supervision, and preventing them from trading or chatting with strangers.
How to Further Protect Yourself In Roblox
At the end of the day, Roblox is a game that is free, fun, and full of endless hours of games and experiences to check out. By no means do I say that someone shouldn’t enjoy all of the wonderful content that Roblox has to offer, no matter their age. I even think that kids and adults alike can enjoy everything that Roblox has.
But I just want to reiterate in closing that safety is of the utmost importance for genuinely enjoying your Roblox time. To this point, one of the most alluring and also dangerous exploits is when someone promises you free Robux. Not only do other players do that, but even some content creators online will do it. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: there is almost no such thing as free Robux, so don’t fall for this common ploy.
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