What Is Roblox Roblox is a global platform that allows users to play a variety of games, create them and chat with people online. Based on Hootsuite's website, the app has over 52M daily active users and half of them are kids under the age of 13. Roblox is downloaded in over 500M Android devices and over 380M iOS devices. There are a lot of game genre inside the app itself, ranging from comedy to horror. However, parents are noticing that there has been a rise of explicit content being promoted in the app. On 20 June 2023, Roblox introduced a new age category. Before this, Roblox only had three age categories, which were 'All Ages', '9+' and '13+'. Now, people can create and join games that are created under the '17+' category. To access this feature, users have to validate their age by providing their identity documents. This addition, however, isn't available on iOS devices. But that doesn't mean that there aren't other risks. The Dangers of Roblox Screenshots of games in RobloxImage credit: Roblox This game has been on the market since 2006 and everyone can play it. As mentioned, there are a lot of game genres in Roblox and that includes horror and violence games. From the screenshot, you can see that the horror games can be played by everyone, that includes young kids. The reason users love Roblox is because they have the freedom to create their own games. With that feature, creators create games based on their own creativity or the latest trend. That would include the newest Internet sensation parents are worried about, 'Skibidi Toilet'. Another concern parents have with the app is the fact that their kids are playing among adults. Not only can kids be exposed to potential cyberbullying, they can also be exposed to potential child grooming. Parental Control for Roblox Roblox does have parental controls. Roblox's parental control and privacy settings (Image credit: Roblox) Here's how parents can set it up: \tLog in to the account. \tClick the\u00a0gear\u00a0icon, and then click\u00a0Settings. \tOn the right-hand side of the\u00a0Settings\u00a0page, click\u00a0Privacy. \tFrom here, you can adjust both\u00a0Contact Settings\u00a0and\u00a0Other Settings. \tIf your child is 12 or younger, you can choose\u00a0Friends\u00a0or\u00a0No one. If your child is 13 or older, there are additional options for interaction with other players. Here, parents can also disable chat or messaging, restrict access to a curated list of age-appropriate games, and set a monthly limit on how much money, if any, the child can spend on Roblox's in-game currency. But dangers may still be lurking. Back in 2019, a mother shared that her son was groomed and led to a third-party app. There, the boy, who was not even a teenager yet, shared explicit images to the person. Similarly, another mother shared that her seven-year-old daughter's character was sexually assaulted in one of the games. In each of these cases, the mothers had put on parental controls within the app. Knowing this, many parents are scared because even with precautions, these cases still happened. Alternative for Roblox Many parents are now opting to uninstall the app. For kids that love this game, it could be devastating. But there are alternatives your kids may try out, such as Minecraft. Image credit: Minecraft It is also a game that kids love with the free version having over 100M downloads on Android devices. Players get to build their own world, craft and collect minerals. Their Safety is Your Priority As parents, it's natural for us to be worried. But if your kids still want to play Roblox, try talking to them about what could potentially happen. Teach them about online safety, and monitor their time on the device. You've got this, parents! For more insightful stories and fun recipes, stay tuned to Motherhood Story!