Roblox Parental Controls: How to Make Roblox Safe for Children

2019-11-21 22:53:38 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

This article talks about Roblox parental controls and how to make Roblox as safe as possible for your child.

Roblox is a worldwide popular MMO (massively multiplayer online game) and game creation system. Roblox users can create their own games and play games created by other users. There are lots of different games for a wide age range. Just like other MMO games, Roblox also has a social side to it. Roblox surpassed 100 million monthly active users in August 2019. And many of its users are kids. Is Roblox safe to kids? Are there parental controls on Roblox? Find the answers in this article.

Does Roblox have parental controls?

Yes. Roblox provides a set of parental controls, which is part of their efforts to make Roblox a safe and fund space for players.

Roblox parental controls are customizable and easy to set up. It’s also easy for parents to see what their children are doing on Roblox. What parental control features and options are available on Roblox? Are they strong enough? The review below has the details.

Roblox parental controls


Roblox parental controls review and guide to setting up

This part will talk about Roblox parental control features and how to set things up.

#1 Roblox age limit

Players can chat with other players in games and on the Roblox website. The fact is that all chats are filtered, regardless of age. One purpose is to protect privacy by preventing personal information from being visible. The other purpose is to prevent inappropriate content. Filtering applies to both public and private chats.

At the same time, players still have different settings and experiences based on their age.

For users who are 12 years old or younger, Roblox will filter their chats as well as posts for inappropriate content such as bad language. Users who are 13 years old or older are allowed to say far more words and phrases than younger users.

It’s easy to set this Roblox parental controls feature when you create a Roblox account for your child.

Step 1. In your web browser, visit https://www.roblox.com/.

Step 2. Go to the sign up form and fill out all the fields. If your child is 12 or younger, just enter the correct date of birth.

create a Roblox account for your child

This way, Roblox will know that it’s an under-13 account, and age restrictions will be applied. If your child has created an over-13 account, you can actually change the age.

Step 1. Go to the Roblox website. Login to your child’s account.

Settings

Step 2. Click the gear icon in the top right corner. Select Settings > Account Info > Personal > Birthday.

Step 3. Enter the correct date of birth. Click the Save button.

change date of birth

You can follow similar steps on Roblox app on iPad and other devices.

Note: Once a Roblox account is created as (or changed to) an under-13 account, it will be impossible to change the age setting. And the system will automatically update it to a 13+ account on the user’s 13th birthday.

warning message

In addition to the difference in chat filtering, there are other age restrictions. For example, items with the 13+ tag in the Catalog are not available to players who are 12 or younger.

#2 Roblox parental controls in Security and Privacy settings

Roblox provides a number of parental control options in Settings. To get started, login to your child’s account. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner and select Settings.

Account Info

Select the Account Info tab. Enter your email address and verify it, which will allow you to enable an account PIN and manage your child’s account. It’s very important to provide a parent’s email address if you want make the most of Roblox parental controls. Make sure it’s your email address to which your child should not be able to login.

add email address

Security

1. Account PIN

In the Security tab, go to the Account PIN (previously available as Parent PIN) section. Toggle the option on. If you try to enable the option Account PIN without providing an email address, a message will pop up telling you that you must provide and verify your email before you can add an Account PIN.

Email Required

In the Add PIN window, create a 4-digit PIN and then confirm your PIN. Click the Add button.

add Roblox parental controls PIN

Your PIN is now set. From now on, when you or anyone else tries to change the security, privacy and other parental control related settings, the Account PIN Required window will pop up asking for a PIN. This way, your child won’t be able to change the Roblox parental controls you may have set.

Account PIN Required

2. Account Restrictions

If you enable Roblox Account Restrictions, your child’s account will only be able to access age-appropriated games on the platform. This is important because Roblox is all about playing games. Roblox has a list of approved games that are considered appropriate for kids.

In addition, the Contact Settings (under Privacy) will be locked. If so, no one will be able to message your child or chat with him or her on Roblox.

Contact Settings locked

How to turn off Account Restrictions on Roblox? It’s easy. Just go to Settings > Security and toggle the option off. If Account PIN is enabled, make sure you enter the correct PIN.

Privacy

Now let’s talk about the Privacy Settings. If the Account Restrictions function is not enabled, you can change Contact Settings based on your need. There are three options: Default, Custom and Off. Roblox parental controls are customizable. You can select based on your need.

  Default Off Custom
Who can message me? Friends No one Friends or No one
Who can chat with me in app? Friends No one Friends or No one
Who can chat with me? Everyone No one Everyone or No one

There are other privacy settings. These can also effectively add restrictions.

  • Who can invite me to VIP Servers?
  • Who can join me?
  • Who can see my inventory?

#3 Block User feature

Roblox allows users to block other users in web browser or in apps. If you want to prevent certain users to from talking to your child, you can block them by following the steps below.

Step 1. Go to the user’s profile page.

Step 2. Select the three dots icon in the upper right corner and then select Block User.

block an user in Roblox

Step 3. In the Warning window that appears, click Block.

To unblock him or her, click the three dots icon and select Unblock User.

#4 Report Abuse feature

Parents can also use the Report Abuse system. This may not be as efficient as the Roblox parental controls mentioned above. But you can make Roblox a better safer place for kids by reporting inappropriate chat messages and other content in games or outside of games.

Step 1. To report a player in-game, select the menu icon.

menu icon

Step 2. Click the flag icon. Select the Player tab. Click the Which Player dropdown list and locate the player you want to report.

report player in game

Step 3. Select a type of abuse. And then click the Submit button.

type of abuse

You are also able to report games and chats. If your child plays Roblox on Xbox One, you can file a complaint.

#5 Monitor feature

There is an array of useful Roblox parental controls. In addition, it also enables parents to monitor their children’s activities including:

  • Chat history
  • Message history
  • Friends and followers
  • Item purchases and transaction history
  • Games, items and other things they’ve created
  • Games that they recently played

It’s important to know what your child is doing on Roblox. If you find some inappropriate users, chats, messages and games, you can block or report them immediately to avoid potential dangers.

In addition to chat filters, Account Restrictions and other parental control measures, Roblox also use the so-called Avatar Clothing Detection to make sure that all players’ avatars are appropriately dressed.

In this article, I’d also like to talk about Robux purchases. Robux is the virtual in-game currency of Roblox. Can your child buy Robux with Roblox parental controls enabled? Even if you have enabled parental controls and created a PIN, your child will still be able to buy Robux and access the Billing settings. It’s recommended to remove the credit card after you buy Robux for your child. If your child uses your card without permission, it can result in his or her account being terminated.


How to block Roblox website and apps

Sometimes, parents may need to block or limit access to the Roblox website or apps. This part will talk about how to do the blocking.

If you are a Mac user, you can use AppCrypt to block Roblox website and app on Mac.

Step 1. Download and install the app. When you first launch it, you will be asked to set a password.

set a password

Step 2. Click the WebBlock button in the upper right part of the main window. Under WebBlock, click the add icon and enter domain roblox.com.

block Roblox website

Now the Roblox website is blocked on Google Chrome, Safari and other browsers on your computer. If your child tries to visit the website, he will she will need to enter the correct password and unblock the website. To unblock, select the domain and click the minus icon.

You can also use the same tool to lock up the Roblox app.

Step 1. In the same app, click Add App in the toolbar.

Step 2. From Applications, select Roblox. Click Add. Now the Roblox app is locked.

block Roblox app

You can also lock Roblox app during certain hours. Click the gear icon in the top right corner of the main window. Go to Schedule.

schedule feature

Download the free trial of AppCrypt, the best website blocker and app locker for Mac.

Free Trial

To block Roblox on Chrome, you can also use browser extensions like BlockSite.


Conclusion

There are a number of Roblox parental controls. Measures like the age limit and Account Restrictions are easy to set up. Sometimes you may also need to manually report and block players or content. In addition to using parental controls, it’s also important to talk to child about internet safety and privacy protection.

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