Maybe you heard about Roblox from your kids asking to play online with their friends. Or maybe you found out about it while researching online coding camps for kids. But wherever you heard about it, you’re wondering, “is Roblox safe for kids to be playing?”

No worries! That’s exactly the question that we’re here to answer.

CodeWizardsHQ regularly uses Roblox in our Roblox coding camps for kids because of its popularity and because it’s an extremely flexible platform. But we also take child safety seriously. We want to fully inform parents about what Roblox is capable of and of the risks inherent in its design.

Let’s dive in!

Roblox Gaming

First up, we’ll be taking a look at the Roblox game itself and explain a bit about what it is.

Roblox gaming platform

What is Roblox?

While it is usually described as being a game, Roblox is much closer to being an entire game publishing platform. It offers kids a huge variety of individual games to play. In one of Roblox’s most recent statistical analyses, they released that there were over 40 million different game worlds that had been generated by users!

Many of those are different instances of the same kinds of game, like Adopt Me! or Brookhaven, but even still, that’s a ton of games!

The individual games all vary in content and playstyle. There are escape room games, pet collection games, games where you play as a horse, or even lifestyle sim games where you live out a life in a virtual city. That huge variety of games means there are plenty of great Roblox games for kids out there.

But what’s really interesting is that the vast majority of these games are not made by Roblox itself, but by users who had an idea and decided to make it a game!

These games are often played on public servers where anyone can join and interact with other players, but games can also run on private servers.

Roblox Age Ratings

Since most Roblox content is user-generated, it’s really, really hard to give a single suggested age rating for the game. You can use the ESRB rating and the in-game age recommendations to determine if a specific experience is appropriate for your child.

Roblox ESRB rating

Because of the user-generated content and the amount of online interaction that is capable inside Roblox, the ESRB (Entertainment Software Ratings Board) has given Roblox a T for Teen rating. Even so, there are games in Roblox that would be completely fine for a 5-year-old to play and games that aren’t ok for any kid to be playing.

So, is Roblox safe for kids under 13?

Roblox age ratings and esrb

What age is Roblox for?

To address parental concerns around that disparity, Roblox released an in-game age rating system for games on the platform. These ratings go from “All Ages” to “17+”. They allow users to see what Roblox considers an appropriate age limit for different games.

Roblox Experience Guidelines and Age Recommendations

You can read the full details on what each age rating allows and doesn’t allow on the Roblox Support Website. I’ll include a short summary here, as well.

It’s also worth noting that if your child is under 13, Roblox will automatically apply chat filters that should filter out inappropriate content and anything that could give away personal information. But even with the filters on, please be sure you talk to your kids about online chat safety!

Roblox Parental Controls

Age ratings are great for understanding which games might not be great for your kids to play. However, those games are still there. So, is Roblox safe for kids? 

Many parents want to be sure that their kids won’t accidentally click on a game meant for someone a bit older. One of the most obvious ways to do this is to use parent controls designed to prevent kids from having access to those games in the first place.

Does Roblox have parental controls?

Yes! Roblox does indeed have a few different options for parental controls. But, there is a little setup involved in getting them up and running.

Roblox divides out the different parts of parental controls into three main sections. These are Account Restrictions, Allowed Experiences, and Spend Restrictions. You can learn more about Roblox’s child safety tools on their support page, but I’ll also summarize their tools here.

Unfortunately, the Spend Restrictions parental controls only work on accounts of kids under 13 years of age, except in Korea. If your kid is 13 or older, these restrictions will not work.

How to Enable Account Restrictions

roblox account restrictions

How to Add a Parent Pin

roblox parent pin enabled
roblox setting a parent pin

How to Enable Allowed Experiences

roblox parental controls and settings

How to Enable to Spend Restrictions

  1. Log in to your Roblox account
  2. Click the gear-icon located at the upper-right corner of the site
  3. Select the Settings option indicated by the gear icon
  4. Select Parental Controls option
  5. Toggle the Monthly Spend Restriction option to On
  6. Default input is 0 when the toggle is on
  7. Input the desired monthly limit

How to monitor your child’s Roblox account

As a parent, you may want to know exactly what your child has been up to while playing Roblox. Unfortunately, Roblox’s child monitoring features are fairly limited.

Parents can check their children’s spending habits via the Spend Restrictions parental controls mentioned above if their child is under 13. However, if you want to know what your child has been playing, who they’ve been chatting with, or what they’ve been spending their money on, there’s not an easy option.

Roblox’s official stance is that you should log into your child’s account and go through the different game histories to see what they’ve been up to. It’s not an ideal solution, but so long as parents are familiar with how to get around inside Roblox, it can work.

You can read more about what Roblox has to say on the subject on their official support page.

Roblox Safety

Online services are increasingly becoming a normal way for people to interact with each other. However, as with the real world, some locations are safer places to visit than others.

If your kid is going to be spending time in Roblox, you may be wondering, is Roblox a safe place for my kid?

Roblox online interactions

Part of the appeal of playing Roblox games is the large amount of social interaction on the platform. Roblox allows players to interact with each other using:

The text chats and voice chats are pretty straight-forward. Kids can chat with other players in the same game with them, or with friends who are online, but in a different game. However, the video calls are a bit different from what you might expect. Instead of being able to see the other players, these calls use in-game avatar skins instead.

Kids under 13 years of age do not have access to either voice chat or video chat.

Is the chat on Roblox safe?

Roblox does make an effort to keep the in-game chats safe by including filters in the text chat. Their filters are designed to prevent kids of all ages from giving out personally identifiable information. And children under 13 have an extra level of filtering applied to remove inappropriate language. But no matter how good a filter is, it is possible that something could slip by.

A bit more worrisome is that, while Roblox doesn’t allow most links in text chats, it does allow external links to a handful of approved services. These include links to YouTube, Twitter (X), Discord, Facebook, and Twitch. Since these are external services, Roblox does not have the ability to see what happens at these links. That means kids can get access to unmonitored voice or video chats simply by clicking a link in a Roblox chat.

Roblox’s Text Filtering System

If you want to restrict who your child can chat with and who can start a chat with them, you’ll want to set limits on that in the Privacy tab of Roblox’s settings. You can read what Roblox has to say on their support page, but I’ll quickly summarize the options here.

Are there child predators on Roblox?

The developers do their very best to keep Roblox safe for kids who use it. They require age verification to access certain features, including requiring government-issued identification. So, if Roblox becomes aware that one of their users is a child predator, then, of course, they will block that user from logging into the game! However, Roblox has more than 70 million daily active users and over 216 million monthly active users.

Simply put, no matter what safety precautions Roblox puts in place, it is impossible to guarantee that there are no child predators on their platform.

That being the case, it is extremely important to teach your kids how to interact with others online in a safe way. If you need help in teaching internet safety, I personally recommend Google’s Be Internet Awesome program as a starting point.

Tips to make Roblox safe for your kids

Because it is such a highly social online experience, Roblox has a high level of inherent risk. But if used right, it can also be very rewarding. It makes it easy to connect with friends and offers an online space where kids can learn useful skills, like how to make a Roblox game themselves!

Here are some tips to help make Roblox safe for kids:

How much does Roblox cost?

If you’re just getting started with Roblox, you’re probably wondering how much Roblox is going to cost you. As it turns out, Roblox is completely free to play. But to get the most out of the game, your kids will likely want to buy some of the in game items, like cosmetics or game boos