OVER the past few months, parents have begun noticing a number of Roblox games that were previously age-restricted, have been changed to suitable for all ages.
This includes a number of controversial games, including ones where you kill popular children’s characters such as Peppa Pig, or ones that simulate using a toilet.
Roblox is an online world of user-created content with three levels of age restrictions that parents can set for their children.
The highest level of restriction is called ‘All Ages’ and states “content is suitable for everyone with only mild violence or small amounts of unrealistic blood.”
These restrictions only refer to violence and do not mention other age-sensitive content such as sexual content or drugs.
There are over-arching rules that deal with these topics, but with all user-generated content, there are ways to skirt around the rules.
Games are reported to be manually checked to see which age range they are suitable for.
Roblox has therefore decided that these manually checked games aren’t age inappropriate themselves.
All Ages is apparently suitable for five- to nine-year-olds, though Roblox has been rated for ages seven and up in Europe.
One mother reached out on social media after discovering a wealth of toilet-based games rated as suitable for All Ages.
With names such as Public Bathroom Simulator, and XYZ Public Bathroom Simulator, there are a number of these available to all players.
Your character can go into a stall, where the bottom half of their clothing is removed, and the bowl is coloured brown or yellow.
Some of the games don’t have doors on the stall, and some let players take pictures of others on the toilet.
She recorded video of her character slipping in puddles of water, and being stuck on their back with their legs in the air.
Other players then made crude sexual gestures in the game, which had 3k players at the time of the recording.
The company states that if users violate the community guidelines, they should be reported by others.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.
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