A few months ago I made this post called Is Roblox Safe? Not Sure So I Blocked It and I've received a lot of traffic from this post. Some from parents looking for answers and some from Roblox supporters as you can see from the comments in the post. Usually my answer to these comments is that I have little kids and I don't want them that involved with consumer generated content. Also, don't forget that the trigger for my further investigation was that my firewall-antivirus software Bit Defender flagged the site as not child friendly.
Well last Friday I received an email from the CEO of Roblox David Baszucki. He was kind enough to want to talk with me about my blog post. I guess that means that either a) someone sent him the link or b) he or his marketing team was watching Roblox's google results. We spoke within the hour of his email...
- He wanted to talk about which software I was using to protect the laptop (Bit Defender) and they were going to consider adding it to the software they test.
- He wanted to reassure me that even though the content is consumer generated they flag obviously offensive ones and remove or if something is marginal, but gets flagged as inappropriate they investigate immediately.
- He spoke with me about the ads I was seeing and told me that they carefully monitor what appears on the site
- Finally he wanted to know why I thought they were associated with Lego because they are extremely cautious.
Anyway, I thought he was very professional and that they do try hard to monitor the site. As I wrote earlier, then later in replies to the comments, and then when I spoke with David, I have little kids and I don't include Roblox on the list of sites they can visit. I do think Roblox is a lot more professional then when I wrote that post, but for Jacob and Kaela it isn't for them. When they get a little older - perhaps around 13 I will probably change my mind, but right now, no; I don't even let them on YouTube without me.
*****A NOVEMBER 15, 2011 UPDATE*********
Dear Roblox Wiki clicks,
Thanks for the traffic. It's been over 2 years since I made this post. I've moved on and so has my son when it comes to gaming.
Feel free to make your comments to defend Roblox. Please refrain from parental advice and cursing. It devalues whatever positive commentary you might have. I think the folks at Roblox would be very impressed with your love and defense of the site, but now my son chooses other games to play and has never asked me again about Roblox.
I had considered disabling comments from this point on, but I decided against it because of your passion. However, as I wrote above we moved on, so while your appropriate, tasteful comments might sway some other parents, it means nothing to me unless he chooses to play again.