2020 has been a 12 months like no different. The worldwide pandemic has meant many individuals have needed to shelter in place, compelled to be away from work, college, buddies, and household. And whereas it has drastically disrupted on a regular basis life, we’ve got discovered methods to adapt. Persons are connecting on-line in new methods like video-conference household chats, studying and dealing collectively remotely, and creating areas to play and socialize collectively. Roblox has been instrumental in connecting individuals from world wide, and our group supported each other in a large number of how. Listed below are only a few highlights from our Digital Civility Initiative that’s targeted on working with our group in addition to educators, mother and father, and the trade at giant to advertise optimistic, wholesome on-line experiences.
Enabling Connections and Friendships
Roblox has proudly continued supporting tens of millions of fantastic experiences and video games created by our gifted developer group. A few of these video games have hit big milestones (Undertake Me has had over 15 billion visits!), and lots of have turn out to be most popular protected locations for individuals to hang around along with their family and friends and have a good time birthdays and different holidays like Easter or Thanksgiving whereas additionally using our personal servers for creating their very own occasions.
As one in every of our group members shared: “For many individuals, it might appear totally different to be speaking and hanging out on-line moderately than in actual life, however since I’ve spoken to individuals regularly on-line for years by means of Roblox and shaped good friendships it’s felt fairly regular to me.”
Our Training staff created nice assets to help distant studying, together with a sequence of webinars for lecturers adapting to this new atmosphere and eager to find out how they will incorporate Roblox Studio into their current curriculum. We devoted one in every of these webinars to Digital Civility and On-line Security and had been excited to see this session considered almost 300,000 occasions simply on YouTube. Furthermore, we heard again from lecturers who actively began utilizing our curriculum of their work. Impressed by this success, the staff created a brand new Digital Civility curriculum that includes six classes (as much as 20 hours of content material) that enable educators to interact college students in ongoing conversations and assist them develop long-term security and civility expertise. The curriculum additionally features a enjoyable scavenger hunt to assist gamers spot unreliable data that’s already been performed greater than three million occasions.
Listening to the Group
One in every of our core values at Roblox is Respect the Group. In that spirit, we needed to seek out methods to take heed to our group to raised perceive their experiences and desires. We began a Sounding Board to usually meet with a small group of younger individuals who spend plenty of time on the Roblox platform and are enthusiastic about representing its group. We talk about security and civility matters, offering a possibility to share what they really feel we have to know. We now have already began bringing concepts from these conferences to different Roblox groups and are taking a look at how we will implement a few of these ideas.
We additionally carried out two surveys of the broader group, one the place we dove into what mother and father ought to perceive about youngsters’ and youths’ on-line lives, and one other in Might, asking our group how the pandemic had affected them and their on-line lives. The stand-out headlines for us had been that individuals leaned into new experiences through the pandemic and have been making new buddies. We hope these new relationships proceed lengthy after the pandemic!
Fostering a Secure, Civil, and Inclusive Group
One in every of our high priorities continues to be our group’s security. We now have a duty to verify our gamers can safely study, create, and play on Roblox. We created new security assets with companions in France, the UK, the USA, in addition to a information in German, and proceed to have a look at how we will work with organizations all around the world to assist help households with security.
It was nice to listen to from one in every of our sounding board members who makes use of Roblox to speak to buddies from college. They mentioned: “The web world is a enjoyable journey, however typically you may get a bit misplaced. I really feel protected understanding the Roblox staff is working to guard us 24/7.”
We now have up to date our insurance policies and programs as a part of our mission to construct an inclusive group the place everybody belongs. As we witnessed the worldwide motion in help of the black group following the passing of George Floyd, our founder and CEO David Baszucki shared our values in a weblog submit making it clear that Roblox is a spot the place everybody ought to really feel welcome. Platforms like Roblox are key in serving to individuals study and follow civility, and we won’t waiver in our mission to construct an atmosphere that fosters optimistic relationships between individuals world wide.
Transferring into 2021, our precedence areas are well-being (in all its varieties) and offering instruments that will help you to assist us in holding the group protected, wholesome, and optimistic.