At first glance, it’s a wonderful platform where children can communicate with each other and have fun online. However, despite the safety measures the platform has put in place, Roblox isn’t always safe for kids.
To their credit, Roblox has said that they’re continually working on providing a “safe space for kids” to communicate on the platform – but how do they know who’s really a kid?
Anybody can sign up to the Roblox platform by entering a username and date of birth. While there is a verification challenge to prove you’re a human, there is no way to verify your age. This means that predators can create Roblox profiles with a fake date of birth to pretend to be a child and avoid the platform’s built-in security measures.
Once a predator has created their fake account as a child on Roblox, they can join games and start conversations designed to groom children online.
One mother noticed her son was acting unusually and found that he had been groomed into sending sexually explicit pictures of himself by a predator on Roblox.
Other parents have found that children can be exploited without conversations even being had – in 2018 a parent found that her daughter’s Roblox avatar was sexually assaulted by other players in the game.
So what’s the solution?
Are we supposed to keep children from the benefits of being able to ‘imagine, create, and have fun with friends as they explore millions of immersive 3D experiences’? Or should we instead find a way to make these platforms as safe for children as a classroom or back garden?
We believe that platforms like Roblox could be made safer by introducing a secure user and age verification system such as CAP Certified to ensure that children can only be reached by other real children rather than predators and pretenders. By preventing unsafe communication in the first place, parents and carers wouldn’t have to rely on their own e-safety knowledge or a platform’s safety filters to catch predators in the act.
Our Child Authentication and Protection platform uses data from trusted data sources to verify a child’s identity. This means that only a real child (no fake accounts or predators) would be verified and thus allowed to interact with your child online.
To find out more about the CAP Certified platform or to get involved with the beta test, get in touchusing the forms below.