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