Roblox, an online game aimed primarily at children in the United States, has been the subject of criticism for reporting sexual activity on the platform. He tells about it BBC.
The platform has also enabled inappropriate encounters between children and adults on the Internet.
The idea of the game is to build blocks of their own virtual reality, apartments and games that others can join. Players can publish their own apartment, invite others there and interact with each other in real time. The game is a bit reminiscent of the ultimate idea Habbo Hotels.
BBCThe article says the game is one of the most popular children ‘s games in the world. Nearly two-thirds of American children ages 9 to 12 have joined the platform.
Some users have built their own apartments with open sexual activity. In the rooms, users chat and engage in virtual sex with each other.
Virtualing is prohibited by Roblox’s policies.
– We know that there is a small proportion of users who want to break the rules, a game spokesman commented to the BBC.
Roblox has a security inspection system in place that detects inappropriate use on the platform.
– It combines a combination of human and artificial intelligence observation, the spokesman adds.
Chairman of ConnectSafely Larry Magid calls the phenomenon a kind of cat-and-mouse game. The fire is already on fire, no matter how hard you try to put it out.
ConnectSafely is a non-profit association based in Silicon Valley that promotes safe online behavior for children.
BBC’s With a Twitter account is an English video on Roblox:
Encounters between adults and children
Magid considers keeping a safe game for children to be of paramount importance.
– The platform is very popular with children and allows under 13s to join. That’s when it has a special responsibility to protect its users, he adds.
It is also problematic that anyone on the platform can contact anyone. The phenomenon allows for uncontrolled encounters between children and adults.
All the possible platforms built into the game are hard to find on the service, making it even more challenging to find inappropriate behavior.
According to the BBC, some of the discussions don’t seem to withstand daylight, even on adult sites, let alone children’s play.
Roblox commented to the BBC urging parents to educate their children about using the internet to identify vague situations.
The professor also commented on the matter Liraz Margalitaccording to which the virtual world gives human behavior features that might not actually be realized.
– The platform gives you the opportunity to do whatever you want, Margalit says.