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Top 5 Inappropriate Roblox Games Parents Should Watch Out For in 2022

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It’s no shocker that the gaming platform Roblox is immensely popular with children. But many have pointed out that some games are quite inappropriate for young minds.

We scoped out some that have been causing a stir among critics and parents. Based on our research, we’ve compiled a list of the top five Roblox games that aren’t going to be suitable for young children, for a variety of reasons. They are:

  • Poppy Playtime
  • Survive the Killer
  • Club Iris
  • Vibe Place
  • Fashion Famous

Want to learn what these games are all about and why they’re inappropriate for young kids? Concerned about what Roblox could be exposing your children to? We’ve broken it all down for you in the guide below.

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In this day and age, there’s plenty of technology and entertainment that fascinates kids, but at the same time worries parents — gaming sensation Roblox is a perfect example of this. It’s got children around the world absolutely hooked. It’s estimated that over 50 million users log in to play every single day. About half of those users are under 13 years old, too.

The problem is, that some parents noticed their kids were playing inappropriate Roblox games featuring machete-wielding killers chasing down players, or even onscreen characters engaged in sex acts. While the graphics and visuals aren’t as high-res and realistic as most video games, the inappropriate nature of the content couldn’t be ignored.

Though Roblox has banned and blocked some very controversial games, some parents are still concerned about a handful of titles that still linger around Roblox. We’ve researched and rounded up the top five in our guide below.


How Roblox Games Can Be Inappropriate for Kids

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Roblox isn’t like regular video game studios or platforms. Anyone can create and publish games, so there are definitely going to be some games with inappropriate elements. While sex, violence, and horror elements are certainly something that concerns parents, it’s not only the content that makes Roblox a questionable place for kids to play online games.

Many Roblox games are multiplayer games, which means your child can get into contact with anyone playing at the same time through its in-game chat feature.

Moreover, gamers can also talk to each other within the app. Of course, both of these features allow for cyberbullying and inappropriate remarks to your child. In worst-case scenarios, your child could interact with adults pretending to be kids, or could even be groomed by an online predator.

While our list is primarily concerned with content, parents likely shouldn’t ignore these concerns either.


The 5 Most Inappropriate Roblox Games for Kids

We’ve put together a list of the top five games that get parents in a twist, and for good reason. Whether it’s jump scares, sexual or otherwise adult-themed content, these titles feature elements that many parents have deemed a little too much for kids.

1. Poppy Playtime: Sounds sweet, anything but

Screenshot of roblox game, poppy playtime

Poppy Playtime is one of many Roblox horror games. It was originally created by indie-developer MOB games. The premise of the game is that you’re a former employee of a toy production company. You return to the factory ten years after all of its staff disappeared and, of course, encounter many heart-pounding horror scenarios and terrifying creatures and characters.

The character that could most likely haunt the dreams of many a young player is the game’s main antagonist, Huggy Wuggy. At first glance, he appears to be a cuddly and soft blue creature, until he reveals rows of razor-sharp teeth and a knack for chasing down players at seemingly impossible speeds.

You can get a glimpse of Huggy Wuggy as gaming streamer Markiplier runs through Chapter 1 of the official game on his YouTube channel. Some other cute-sounding yet sinister-looking characters — Kissy Missy, Daddy Long Legs and Boogie Bot — have made appearances in later chapters.

The Ineqe Safeguarding Group, a Belfast, Northern Ireland-based group specializing in keeping children safe online and off, has reported that the game could cause all kinds of issues in children. This could be “added anxiety and stress,” the “intrusive thoughts” of a new Boogey Man in Huggy Wuggy, as well as developing “new fears” of toys coming to life.

2. Survive the Killer: You can kill or be killed

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This is one of many games on Roblox where the graphic content isn’t too shocking, but the premise of the game is. While it may not look particularly realistic, that doesn’t mean this game is appropriate for young children.

The premise of this game is literally running, hiding or eventually escaping from someone who is trying to murder you. Alternatively, you might end up being the killer and then the objective is going to be the opposite. Truth be told, this was one of the more anxiety-inducing games our 27-year-old reviewer said they’ve played. After all, if you’re one of the players being chased, you constantly feel pressured to move and flee.

However, you don’t know where to, because you have no idea where the killer is. To exacerbate this, the game is dark and the layout of the map is confusing. Even the goriest and most realistic horror games from big-time studios give you an idea of where you’re at and what you’re supposed to do.

If you want to see how the game works, gaming streamer SpyCakes runs through the game from the point of view of the killer. In this case, he was able to become the infamous Slender Man, before hunting down other players.

3. Club Iris: Club experience for youngsters

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With over 130 million visits, Club Iris, by Infamous Productions, is one of the more popular games on Roblox. It has somewhat of a seedy reputation as it’s essentially a nightclub experience for young players. It’s also known as a place where a lot of Oders (Roblox lingo for online daters) congregate. Online dating is strictly against Roblox’s policy, considering its popularity with kids. Nevertheless, it can still happen here in this Roblox dance club.

The club’s main premise is that of a dance game, but at times it appears to be more of a girls’ dance club. Stories have surfaced on online forums about users soliciting and giving lap dances. They do this to earn “Robux,” which is the in-game currency of Roblox games.

Other users have described unwanted sexual advances from other players in the club. Once again, when we checked out the game, it was as unrealistic, from a visual point of view, as most other games on the platform. Nevertheless, exposing children to this sort of behavior obviously sends the wrong message.

There are also beds in the game, where players can supposedly go to perform inappropriate acts on each other. We didn’t notice any of these acts personally in the game. However, we did notice plenty of inappropriate dancing and scantily-clad avatars. Still, most parents that have come across this game feel it’s better to be safe than sorry and tell their children to avoid it.

4. Vibe Place: A chill spot where anything goes

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This is an interesting one. This game doesn’t really seem to have an objective, apart from “vibing,” hanging out and listening to music. Though we haven’t found much in the way of research regarding reviews or complaints on this one, we found our own potentially disturbing elements when our reviewer went in to check the vibe.

The main issues we encountered were simply due to the chat features. Since there are no real goals or missions, players generally just come in and interact with one another. Right away, our reviewer observed very sexually-charged chats, where users were discussing the size of certain body parts, and plenty of other similarly inappropriate topics. This is obviously quite distressing considering Roblox’s young user base.

Granted, every group of gamers is different and they might not all discuss sexual topics. Nevertheless, this happened in three out of five games that we joined. There is also a bed in the game where players congregate and some of them invite each other to. Also, in videos of this game on YouTube, we’ve also seen some players attempting to kiss or touch each other in a sexual way. A simple YouTube search of “Vibe Place Roblox Kissing” will turn them up.

Any game where you leave young players to their own devices could be a hotbed for inappropriate activity.

5. Fashion Famous: Looks aren’t everything

Screenshot of roblox game, fashion famous

Fashion Famous is a game about, you guessed it right, fashion. So it might seem a bit out of place on this list. The game chooses a certain niche and type of clothing. After, the players will have some time to try on different outfits. They’ll be spawned in a large area that has many different types of clothing to choose from.

Finally, gamers present their fashionable creations on the runway. They’ll get a rating, from the other players, from 1 to 5 stars and the idea is of course to be the player with the highest rating. Doesn’t sound so bad.

However, one mother, Shona Hendley, found the game particularly disturbing when she observed her two young girls playing it. She noted that it shifted from “a fun dress-up game” into a competition where players can not only change their outfits, hair color and style, but also their skin color, noses, eyes, and other facial features or physical attributes to walk away with top honors.

“While I am all for learning about winning and losing, when success is based on looks, on personal difference, there is no winner or loser, or at least there shouldn’t be,” Hendley wrote on the Australian news site Kidspot. “There should be accepting of difference, of taste, of appearance, not a world where it can be changed at the drop of a hat to obtain popularity votes.”

Though not every child may take the competition too seriously, many parents agree that changing your appearance and looks — especially physical features — to appease others is a value that shouldn’t be instilled early on.


Tips to Keep Your Child Safe on Roblox

Apart from avoiding the games we mentioned above, there are other ways to keep your children safe on Roblox. We’ve compiled some tips that will help parents limit exposure and keep tabs on young players.

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1. Inform yourself about Roblox

While you could ban Roblox altogether in your household, often children will find a way to play anyway. You can control your own home, but you probably can’t control those of their friends.’ To protect young minds from the dangers of Roblox, you need to know how it all works.

We’ve provided a quick explainer in the next section, but for parents looking to take a deep dive, we’ve compiled a complete guide on Roblox safety, and whether or not it’s suitable for kids. There are chat features and parental controls you can enact, as well as ways to set up additional security controls and even block users. But perhaps more importantly, parents need to just dig in and understand why kids are flocking to this platform in the first place.

Once you’ve understood what it is and why kids think it’s so great, that brings us to the next tip.

2. Talk to your children about Roblox

Everyone likes talking about something they’re passionate about, and children are no exception. In fact, their natural lack of inhibitions can even mean they’ll talk at length about something that doesn’t seem noteworthy to most adults or even to other children.

The last thing you want is to have no idea what your child is doing online. This can happen because of a simple lack of communication. However, it can also happen because a lot of children are worried about being critiqued. They might also feel their parents don’t understand the things they like. By showing a positive and curious attitude regarding Roblox, your child will likely open up to you. This way, you know what’s going on in their online lives and you can take action when this is really necessary.

They’ll likely be more apt to respond to suggestions and warnings when you’re coming from a point of understanding their interests.

3. Play Roblox with your child

Playing Roblox yourself, if time and personal interest allow, is a great way to learn about the games and their risks. You can study up and take our word for it, but you’ll never fully understand the app until you’ve jumped in and played. Here’s where you could decide exactly which games have inappropriate elements and could even find some you think we missed.

Moreover, it gives you a chance to observe your child in real time while playing. This won’t just serve to keep them safe, but it could also be a fun bonding activity.

4. Use Roblox’s safety settings

Restricting communication from bullying players or potential groomers is a thought on every parent’s mind. Fortunately, Roblox offers parents some ways to protect their children, by adjusting certain settings. A great way to protect your child is by using Roblox’s “Account Restrictions.”

By enabling these restrictions, your child will be unable to receive messages on Roblox or to partake in in-game or in-app chatting. Other users will also be unable to find your child’s account using their phone number. To enable Account Restrictions, simply follow these steps:

    1. Open the Roblox app and log into your child’s account.
    2. Tap on the three dots in the bottom right corner.
    3. Go to “Settings.”
    4. Tap on “Privacy.”
    5. Under “Account Restrictions,” simply tap on the slider switch to enable restrictions.

Screenshot of the roblox website showing the "account restrictions" setting

 

Roblox also offers “Parental Controls.” These settings are very useful. They allow you, among other things, to set a 4-digit pin. This pin has to be inserted to change the account’s settings. This is an excellent way to make sure your child doesn’t tamper with their account’s settings, that you have set to protect them. In order to make a pin, you will first have to fill out your email address under “Account Info.” After, you simply verify your email address by clicking on a button in an email that Roblox will send you.

5. Use a parental control app

Many parental control apps aren’t as useful for monitoring Roblox activity as they are for keeping an eye on social media apps. But they can still be useful. They can enforce screen time limits, monitor chats, and have advanced locationtracking and geofencing features.

Moreover, one thing that parents should be worried are adults luring players away from Roblox, and onto less controlled sites like Reddit or Discord. While you can tweak Roblox’s security settings, you want to make sure you child isn’t venturing off into other unapproved parts of the internet. In the real world, geo-tracking and monitoring will also help you keep track of your child’s whereabouts.


How Does Roblox Work, Exactly?

What is roblox iconRoblox is not technically a game. Rather, it’s a gaming platform where players can find many different games. Perhaps you are familiar with Steam, Rockstar, or Uplay. These are platforms where you can buy and play games. It’s not too different from these platforms, in a way.

The USP of Roblox, if you will, is that the games on there are created by Roblox users. Therefore, you could actually go out, learn the basic tools and programming language that is used on Roblox (Lua) and create a game. This is obviously quite different from having big-time studio developers put their games on the platform.

While this is an inventive and creative idea, it might also partly explain why some of the games can be quite inappropriate: anyone can make one. If you combine this with the fact the platform is incredibly popular among children, you might understand this can lead to issues.

Roblox has banned a lot of dirty games

Due to parental complaints, Roblox has significantly improved as far as children’s safety goes. Especially as far as sexual content goes, the platform used to have a lot more inappropriate games.

For instance, Roblox has removed most of its so-called “condos “or “condo games.” These games involve user-generated “hangout” spaces. Here players can talk about sex and have their characters engage in sexual activities. An example of this is the notorious and very inappropriate “Shedletsky’s dirty place,” which was removed from Roblox quite some time ago. As far as we can tell, the original version of “Shower simulator,” another nasty game, has also been banned.

Roblox has also banned certain features from games that they deemed inappropriate. An example of this is the “parties” feature from Meep City. Many complained about this feature. After all, it involved inappropriate, sexual remarks and actions by a lot of players. An often-cited example involves players wearing shirts with “Pornhub” printed on the front.

Regardless of these bans, as you can see in the list above, some of these elements still remain.


Inappropriate Roblox Games: Wrapping Up

Parents today likely have to worry more about what their kids are exposed to than any generation prior. Endless content is available at the press of a button, and anyone who uses the internet knows what kind of heavy themes can pop up on the screen. As we’ve learned, even seemingly safe spaces like Roblox can harbor inappropriate game content and harmful communication from other users.

As far as games, parents need to keep an eye out for:

  1. Poppy Playtime
  2. Survive the Killer
  3. Club Iris
  4. Vibe Space
  5. Fashion Famous

Additionally, parents should be aware of the dangers of cyberbullying and the threat of online predators posing as youngsters on the platform. By avoiding such games and following the safety tips in this article, you can drastically decrease the probability of your child getting harmed by using Roblox.

Kids playing games on Roblox is just one worry facing parents online today. We’ve dedicated an entire section of our website to help online guardians navigate the murky waters of online threats facing children. Whether or not your child has entered the world of social media, it would be worth checking out our full parental guides on Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok.

Inappropriate Roblox Games – FAQs

Do you have a question about keeping your children safe on Roblox and inappropriate Roblox games? Check out our FAQ to see if we’ve already answered your question below. If you don’t find your question, you can leave us a comment down below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Roblox itself is not a game, it’s actually a platform that contains a lot of user-made games. But yes, some of these games could be considered inappropriate for kids, such as Survive the Killer, Club Iris or Vibe Place. Check out our full guide on inappropriate Roblox games in our full guide.

 

Based on research and parental reviews and complaints, we managed to identify five Roblox games we would recommend for kids: They are Poppy Playtime, Survive the Killer, Club Iris, Vibe Place and Fashion Famous. Check out our full guide on inappropriate Roblox games where we explain why.

Blocking scary or inappropriate games on Roblox is vital in keeping your children safe. You can do so easily by enabling Account Restrictions in Roblox. Roblox also offers parental controls to make sure your children can’t alter the safety and privacy settings by themselves. Our full guide on inappropriate Roblox games explains in detail how to use these features.

There most certainly is. While not nearly all games on Roblox are inappropriate, there are definitely risks to watch out for: some games involve violent content or scary scenarios. Then there are also games that see some players making sexual remarks or simulating sexual acts. Finally, there is also a risk that children could be approached by child predators in chats and other communication.



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