How does my child know about this?
Given the pressures on mental health services such as CAMHs, we know that accessing timely and adequate support from health professionals has become a challenge. Online communities such as ‘depression rooms’ and the associated chatrooms can offer a space for struggling children to feel heard, supported, and listened to without fear of what might happen to them if they told an adult in their life. Sadly, the advice provided is often unmoderated and can be a vacuum for negative comments.
If you are worried about a child or young person in your care, please seek help from emergency services.
Vulnerable young people may choose to seek out online material related to suicide, depression, and self-harm as a way to anonymously explore their feelings. However, social media and gaming platform algorithms will promote similar content to the user. This was seen in the tragic case of Molly Russell, who was sent emails from Pinterest after viewing harmful content on the platform, highlighting more posts under the topic of ‘depression’.
While the children and young people in your care may not have played Roblox or be seeking out this content on the platform themselves, there is another avenue that is becoming almost as popular as the platform itself – streamers. There are hundreds of streamers who record themselves playing games on Roblox and share these videos on platforms such as Twitch, Discord, and YouTube. They rate and review games, let viewers know tips and tricks, and promote popular players and creators.