Listen to their teacher 👩‍💻

At the start of each lesson, we ask our teachers to re-iterate that students should be listening to instructions carefully and not downloading content unless explicitly asked to by their teacher.

Add their classmates as friends 👫

It's our policy to advise that your child's published games are not set to public. If your child would like their classmates or teachers to try out their creations, we advise that they add them as friends on Roblox. They can then set the permissions of their games that they create to 'only playable by friends'. This therefore allows their classmates and teacher to try out the games they create safely, without strangers being able to join.

Teachers will have BlueShift monitored Roblox accounts. These accounts are not accessed outside of lesson times. If you need help outside of classes, send us an email at hello@blueshiftcoding.com or call us on 02031764660.

Make your child an under-13 account 🙌

If your child is under 13, the easiest way to ensure your child's safety on Roblox is to enter their accurate date of birth when making their account. This will automatically create an under-13 account for your child which has a number of security features applied - such as only being able to send a direct message to other users that are accepted as friends on Roblox, or only having access to child-friendly games.

If your child is 13+, Roblox allows you to implement all of the under-13 restrictions individually in Account Settings (see below).

Customise your Account Settings 🦺

Click the gear in the top right hand corner of your Roblox homepage to go to settings.

The first thing you will see is ‘Account Info’.

  • Add an email address to the account - this allows you to recover your details if you forget them and take advantage of some extra security features. Click ‘Add Email’ and enter the address you want to use, then verify that address.

Click on ‘Security’. This will allow you to modify a number of features:

  • 2-Step Verification - this provides an extra layer of protection against hackers accessing your account. When it is turned on, you will receive an email or text message (if you have added your phone number) containing a code whenever a new device tries to login. The login will not be able to proceed if they cannot enter the code.

  • Account Pin - this can be used to prevent changes to settings by requiring a pin number to be entered whenever a setting is changed. You can use this when making an account for your child if you do not want them to change any settings without your permission.

  • Account Restrictions - here you can limit the games that your child is able to play and who can contact your account. If it is turned on, all content will be curated to ensure that nothing unsuitable can be accessed, while contact settings will be turned off, meaning non-friends will not be able to contact your account.

  • Secure Sign-Out - this will log out your account of any other devices that it may have signed into, which you can use in case of signing in on public devices and forgetting to log out later.

Click ‘Privacy’ next. Privacy allows you to control who can message your account, as well as who can invite you to their private servers or join you in games. We recommend that you set these to ‘Friends’, so that they can play their classmates games and share their creations with their teacher, or ‘No one’ if you are particularly concerned.

Downloading and reporting game content 🔎

Every game that can be played through Roblox has been made by another Roblox user. Although uncommon, this can unfortunately mean that inappropriate or malicious content may be slipped into games in order to catch players unaware.

However it is best to remember that inappropriate or malicious content relies on downloading additional modifications to Roblox and are not accessible through the base game. This is why we instruct our students to not download anything unless their teacher explicitly tells them to do so.

Both our teachers and students are encouraged to report inappropriate chat messages or game content by using the Roblox Report Abuse system, which is located throughout the site and in-game.

Microtransactions 💰

Roblox uses in-game purchases, called microtransactions, to provide special items or bonuses to the players. While these items are usually quite cheap (around £5), they can really stack up.

Microtransactions can be especially risky because Roblox do not sell items directly for money, but instead with Robux which is bought with real money. If children don't understand that Robux translates into real money, then there is a risk that they could rack up a considerable bill without realising.

To avoid this, follow these simple steps:

  • Don’t register a credit/debit card to your account. If your child wants to purchase something and has your permission, do not save your card details to their account. Instead, manually enter your details each time they have your permission. This need not be restrictive, however, since accounts purchase bundles of Robux and not individual items. If your child would like to buy several items at once, then it is possible to simply buy a large enough bundle of Robux to afford them all, paying only once.

  • Make use of prepaid Robux cards - a good way to encourage responsibility is to allow children to use their own money to buy things in game. A bank card is not even needed as major retailers now sell Robux cards which children can top-up with cash to use on the Roblox website.

Disclaimer 📃

At BlueShift, we want to ensure that our students are always staying safe online. However, as our teachers are unable to directly control what they do whilst we teach online, we are unable to take responsibility for your child accessing any inappropriate content.

We aim to provide you with all the information and materials possible to enable you to keep your own child safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our team on hello@blueshiftcoding.com or call us on 0203 176 4660.

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