Roblox is a video game in which the vast majority of players are children. And that’s why this story is surprising. What’s happening in the world?
Is the world an increasingly dark place; Or has it always been and so far we realize the speed with which the information runs on the Internet? The answer to that question would require a thorough analysis; but now we are dealing with a shocking case that happened in Roblox; An exclusive video game for children.
It is estimated that in Roblox there are mainly children from 9 to 12 years old; but there are also smaller ones. There they can create their own avatars and it is a multiplayer type game. To sum up; Imagine Minecraft and Club Penguin mixed.
A violation in Roblox
It all started on June 28 with the complaint of a mother through Facebook. His name is Amber Petersen and he wrote on Facebook a story that impacted many. This was the way things were:
The 7-year -old girl was playing with her iPad while her mother read her a book. Everything was normal; until the girl, scared, showed the tablet to her mother. That’s when he saw that his daughter’s tender avatar was being graphically violated by two male avatars. This reads its publication:
I could not believe what I was seeing; The virtual female character of my adorable and innocent daughter was suffering a group rape by two boys. Words cannot describe shock; the disgust and remorse I feel right now; but I try to leave these feelings aside to release this warning to others as soon as possible
After the complaint; Roblox spoke with El País and said they are outraged after knowing that the community’s policies and the rules of conduct of the game were sabotaged.
It is a common practice in Roblox
Talking to The Sun newspaper ; Andy Burrows, the Associate Chief of Online Child Safety at NSPCC; Alerted about the game. He said “It is absolutely obvious that a game aimed at children up to seven years old should not expose them to graphic sexual content.”
And is that YouTube is full of hardcore sex videos of the game. As you read it. Rapes, orgies and sexual relationships between avatars; The amazing thing comes when we remember that it is a game for children! Now, the question remains in the air: who does that are, in fact, children or older people? It’s hard to know for sure.
“It’s just as worrying that YouTube is hosting these videos that children can easily access. This demonstrates why strict government regulation is necessary to force social networks and sites to keep children safe; with appropriate consequences for those who fail, “Andy also said.
This is worrying and is a reflection of the sexual violence that is lived day by day in social networks; but also in real life. Perhaps the problem is that in these times; It’s hard to remember that whoever is behind an avatar is also a human being.