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Update: 2 June, 2019 15:40 PM
Roblox: 'I thought he was playing an innocent game'

Roblox: 'I thought he was playing an innocent game'

Roblox is a multiplayer platform where players can create their own games and join in with others. Photo:BBC

Online multiplayer game Roblox, which has 90 million users worldwide, is marketed at children - but there are fears it also being used to groom them. One mother explains how this happened to her young son.

"They were talking about rape. They were talking sexual activities that were pornographic," Sarah - not her real name - says, recalling some of the graphic messages sent to her child.

He had been playing Roblox online - where users build their own games and create characters with coloured blocks.

For Sarah, it initially seemed like an "innocent game".

She had turned on parental controls, so her son - not yet a teenager - could not send messages.

But, over time, she noticed a change in his behaviour.

He would no longer want to join in with family activities he usually enjoyed.

Concerned, she decided to check the game - and discovered he had been communicating with others on a third-party app.

It was at that point she realised her son had been groomed into sending sexually explicit images of himself.

"We came across some pictures," she tells the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme. "It was horrifying. I was physically sick."

Roblox told the programme it was unable to comment on individual cases but was committed to protecting the online safety of children.

It said its in-game chat had very stringent filters and any photo exchange would have been done on a third-party app, that is not "affiliated or integrated with Roblox".

It added: "It's extremely important to be aware of these chat apps, particularly [those with an] 'overlay' feature making it appear to be part of whatever game is being played."

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