ONLINE SAFETY WARNING
We have been told about a gaming app/website by some of our pupils, who have raised concerns about people trying to talk to them. Subsequently we received information from EST Online Safety and the press that we feel we should make you aware of.
As a school we have a duty of care for our pupils and are striving to do all we can to ensure that you are given the latest information to help safeguard our young people.
The gaming app is called ROBLOX and looks just like a LEGO game, (although mysteriously the app logo changed the day after it was featured in the press).
There are two main concerns:
Firstly, there is a messaging facility as part of the game where youngsters can be contacted by strangers. The app states that it is ‘the best place to imagine with friends’ but there is no way to screen contacts or disable the messaging. Bearing in mind they claim to have over 30 million users, you have no way of knowing who it is you are talking to.
Secondly, despite claiming to be a 'Kidsafe' site and monitor the use of those under 12, we were easily able to make an account, saying we were 3 years old and then proceed to play games for over 18's. There are lots of these including Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty and Halo.
We would advise parents/ carers to check if your child is using ROBLOX and ask you to be vigilant and encourage your child to stay clear of this.