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Is Roblox Safe for Kids? Not Sure So I Blocked It

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FLARGINAUGHT is not online. FLARGINAUGHT
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14 Jul 2010 04:10 AM
We were over a good friend's house the other day and their kids were really into this online game called Roblox. So while at their house I let my two kids start accounts because it looked to me like it was owned by Lеgo (I found out later on it is not). The kids played around with Lеgo like characters in sparse environments and generally looked like they were having a good time. Both kids provided my еmail and I received one back fairly quickly. Things seemed simple enough until today....

My security system on my son's laptop kept flashing a warning about it not being Parental Safe. So once I figured out what my рassword was, I realized that it was not the site itself but the URLs from the advertising that was being served. (ROBLOX FAIL)
I've been buying online advertising since 1998 so I started to get worried. The ads were being served by your typical ad networks and the ads themselves didn't seem kid friendly. In fact a lot of ads were from Verizon and AT&T. Then I thought to myself - cookies.....
As this screen shot shows the top 728x90 banner ad has the name Chicken7578 which my son kept saying that's his friend's name so that it must be his friend's ad. Once I saw that, I clicked on the ad but it was blocked by Bit Defender (my security system). (ROBLOX FAIL). Seems a little bit of a stretch that was his friend's account, but I've seen worse in online advertising and I know that can be done in Facebook so why not Roblox....speaking of social networking
I reviewed what Roblox is and it is a moderated game/forum where user's can generate games. Sure it claims it meets Government restrictions for being kid privacy safe (1998 COPPA) but as opposed to liberal minded folks that think bureaucrats in Washington can determine what works for the masses, I don't; especially when you view that game right in the middle of the homepage (ROBLOX FAIL)
User generated game content means that well you are never sure what will pop up. Like this game entitled "Can You Blow Up The Eiffel Tower? - Nuke". That's not something I want my little kids playing or even seeing - especially surrounded by a suspicious looking banner ad that looks like it is using a friend's account in the ad. (ROBLOX FAIL)
When I examined the sign up process again I realized there are no real confirmation checks to get parental permission. Your kid can open up a moderated account without your permission. BTW - that Blow up Eiffel Tower game still appeared on the home page for an account not confirmed.
Finally, this isn't a game built by a company you know has a track record for being kid friendly. It uses Lеgo looking avatars but has nothing to do with Lеgo. Their About Us link has very minimal information which again worries me. Google only turned up info that they are funded by a venture capital firm and angel investors - again not a big return on searches. (ROBLOX FAIL)
Is Roblox safe for your under 13 year old kid? Well I uninstalled the game and left it on the block list. That user generated game about blowing up the Eiffel Tower surrounded by suspicious looking banner ads was enough for me. Throw in that they try to look like Lеgo, I can't find out much about them online (other than Googling Roblox Sucks), and they stand behind a Government Act as why they are child privacy safe was too much for me.
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FireSteven is not online. FireSteven
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14 Jul 2010 04:11 AM
So... Your point is?
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khanz7507 is not online. khanz7507
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14 Jul 2010 04:14 AM
There is also people who swear, online daters and violent games, roblox isn't really that kid friendly.
My parents also think its bad when I play games where you shoot others.
Like those modern military games, there is scripted blood and the screen gets a blood GUI too when you are shot.
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SkullKruncher12 is not online. SkullKruncher12
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14 Jul 2010 04:14 AM
You can put your children on supersafe chat so they cannot give out inormation and such. You can also report a game if you find it offensive or disturbing.
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Robloxianpilotknight is not online. Robloxianpilotknight
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14 Jul 2010 04:16 AM
Copied and pasted that from anpther site... but ya,it's not really kid friendly. I've messaged the mods about that and they never respond to those PM's. But, they DO respond to pretty much everything else >_>.
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popdosprite is not online. popdosprite
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14 Jul 2010 04:18 AM
Actuallly that nuking game is just fine, its more of a fun stress releaver.

I mean, who does llike a vortex of flying debris :D
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khanz7507 is not online. khanz7507
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14 Jul 2010 04:18 AM
@skullcruncher
The reporting system does not work well, I have reported a user multiple times for spamming my inbox and swearing, insulting and talking about adult content.
And I get banned for just mispelling the fish "carp".
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popdosprite is not online. popdosprite
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14 Jul 2010 04:20 AM
ROBLOX wouldn't ever harm a kid, there's a super crack team of mods delteing and removing things that are bad daily.


They even have mod's in diffrent timezones for round dai clock morderation.
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Robloxianpilotknight is not online. Robloxianpilotknight
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14 Jul 2010 04:21 AM
Khanz, you just needa report them twice, not spam the mods on duty with the same report. they will just ban u.
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joshposh701 is not online. joshposh701
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14 Jul 2010 04:21 AM
The game is safe and your blocker is stupid, if you dont want them to see ad's then buy bulderclub.
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Robloxianpilotknight is not online. Robloxianpilotknight
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14 Jul 2010 04:21 AM
i mean once.
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khanz7507 is not online. khanz7507
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14 Jul 2010 04:22 AM
@Robloxpilot
I did it every time he said something bad to me, not like 5 times each time he sent something to me.
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kus197 is not online. kus197
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14 Jul 2010 04:24 AM
am i talking to parent??

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some kids on roblox games may be really....insulting

so dont play frustrating games...
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sonicschall is not online. sonicschall
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14 Jul 2010 04:25 AM
Swearing, Online Dating : Super safe chat.
Weapons, Blood, e.t.c. : That isn't so bad, the standard weapons are : Bombs, rocket launcher, paintball, slingshot, superball e.t.c. It isn't so bad.
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Pichu7245 is not online. Pichu7245
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14 Jul 2010 04:25 AM
ROBLOX is not kid safe. I have HUNDREDS (NOT LYING) of screenshots of inappropriate stuff on ROBLOX. Did you know that in Off Topic someone posted a "Bonus" story and it got left there, viewable by ANY kid, for eight hours? EIGHT HOURS!
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Robloxianpilotknight is not online. Robloxianpilotknight
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14 Jul 2010 04:26 AM
khanz... still, all the mod sees is the same report from the same guy complaining about the same guy agin and again and again. What do you think he'll do?
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lumo1990 is not online. lumo1990
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14 Jul 2010 04:28 AM
I believed you were an adult until I seen (ROBLOX FAIL)
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tumppi000 is not online. tumppi000
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14 Jul 2010 04:28 AM
Trolololol
This is exactly what you get as first result if you google "roblox sucks"
I hate spam alts.
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RobokoGooffrogTwins is not online. RobokoGooffrogTwins
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14 Jul 2010 04:31 AM
Try checking out the Privacy Policy.

-It will have all the ROBLOX information on the page.

-Have a question? send a PM to builderman

-Roblox and Fun and Safe for all ages. TRUSTe agrees, which TRUSTe is a PG-13 Kid friendly research site therefore ROBLOX is SAFE

-Do not like the site of ROBLOX, Easily un-install it and its gone.

-ROBLOX Does not give out Viruses therefore your computer is mis-leading you, most systems to that.

-Try the 32-Bit version of Internet explorer if you do not see any differences.

Thank you,
gooffrog
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kus197 is not online. kus197
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14 Jul 2010 04:31 AM
Yea, You really watch out for those mods they dont want a 7 year old saying insulting words...------------------------------------------------------------------
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otherwise, roblox was made for young children to learn saftely on the internet.

and playing with your friends ofcourse :)
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bomx is not online. bomx
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14 Jul 2010 05:29 AM
Not an adult, reasons:
1.) Look at the ridiculous name
2.) their blurb is a bunch of Binary.
3.) the whole ROBLOX FAIL thing, and the addition of acronyms.
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m2mm4m is online. m2mm4m
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14 Jul 2010 07:05 AM
FLARGINAUGHT: Got it!!! " I will not donate!" C++ £-)
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Sixty3Zero is not online. Sixty3Zero
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14 Jul 2010 07:07 AM
tl;dr

thanks anyway
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Firebolt0001 is not online. Firebolt0001
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14 Jul 2010 07:09 AM
Nothing, nothing is what they claim to be.
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joeyst3 is not online. joeyst3
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14 Jul 2010 07:10 AM
Nuke games ARE banned by the ToS. Roblox is just too corrupt to ban it,
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