With the ongoing pandemic, more and more kids are using online gaming, and Roblox remains one of the most popular games for kids.
To promote positive and safe online gaming spaces, Roblox has launched a free educational program called Digital Civility. The program includes a new Roblox game, the Digital Safety Scavenger Hunt, to teach young gamers how to stay safe when playing online.
“We’ve been hearing from our educator community that it’s simply not enough to have occasional conversations about safety and digital civility and that they’d greatly benefit from a structured curriculum and project-based learning as the new school year begins and kids are spending more and more time learning and interacting with one another online,” said Laura Higgins, Director of Community Safety and Digital Civility, Roblox. “The curriculum launching today is designed to provide both educators and students with a self-paced, topic-specific narrative that will help build a generation of resilient digital citizens and ensure kids and teens have positive and safe online experiences.”
The Digital Civility program features six sessions where teachers and educators can develop safety and civility skills in young players. Students can create games and collaborate with each other. They’ll learn how to recognize and report bad behavior, understand the impact of their behavior online, and understand how to keep personal information private.
The program has been designed by the Roblox Education team and lead by Laura Higgins, an expert with over 20 years in online safety. The program also includes a Digital Safety Scavenger Hunt, a teacher-led, invite-only game that incorporate learned lessons in an interactive environment.
Roblox is free-to-play and available on PC, Xbox One, and mobile devices (iOS, Android).