What is Roblox and is it safe for children?

Roblox is a gaming platform where users can design and create their own games. They can create items to sell and earn ROBUX, the currency of ROBLOX. Users can use their imaginations to create whatever they want in their own games, the options are almost limitless.

In terms of userbase, Roblox has around 30 million active monthly players and 500,000 game creators. It can be players on a wide variety of devices including Android, IOS, PC and more.

Roblox was founded in 2004 and has steadily grown into one of the most popular gaming platforms in the world.

Is it safe for children to use Roblox?

Roblox asks for the children’s age when signing up and safe mode is automatically enabled for children of a certain age. This means the chat is automatically filtered for bad or offensive words.

Users of Roblox are provided with an easy to use and understand scripting language called Lua. If there’s a part of a game that is beyond the user’s skill level, then they can outsource that part to others, in exchange for Robux, the currency mentioned earlier.

Roblox are keen to police any issues arising and have dedicated staff to monitoring games on the site and acting as moderators for any issues arising.

What is great about Roblox, is it’s easy to use interface, allowing children as young as 8 or 9 to get started with the basics of game programming. These could well be the high caliber game developers of the future.

If you’re looking to learn how for Roblox scripting tutorials, there are various fan sites on the internet as well as the Roblox Wiki, where explanations and examples can be found of the Lua language in action.

For more information about Roblox, visit the links below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roblox

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lua_(programming_language)

http://wiki.roblox.com/?title=Scripting

https://www.roblox.com/

Time Management Courses

The new year has started if your resolution is to get a handle on where you spend your time then booking yourself onto a time management course could help you.

Why choose a tutor led course?

Having a tutor led course will show you the tips and techniques to spend your valuable time in wiser ways – and get more done at the same time.

It will teach you new ways to spot when you’re wasting time as well as working more efficiently. Most people we speak to say they’ve benefitted from learning managing their time better from techniques acquired on a course.

Which course?

If you’re looking for recommendations for where to get your training from then ask friends and colleagues – no doubt there will be someone in your network who has attended a course and they will be probably only too happy to recommend someone to you.

The benefits of managing your time and day better not only affect your time-keeping, but will give you an overall sense of calm and can reduce stress. Rushing around and last minute panics will be reduced as you start to plan and execute far better than you ever have before. You’ll be amazed at the difference you will see.  Some have even said that managing their time differently has been life changing!

One of the things you will learn about managing your time better is to become more conscious of where you are spending your time currently. This will lead you to question yourself with: “by doing this now, am I moving towards my goal?” and similar. You will become more aware of what you should be focussing on and what you shouldn’t.

We’ve heard good reviews about a couple of Nottingham time management courses if you’re local to that area. Contact us for their details.

Last but not least, make sure you attend the course on time – it would be a bit embarrassing to turn up late!

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Time management tips for busy people

Do you struggle with managing your time? The BBC reported that Britain’s workers were less productive than others – but you don’t have to be one of them!

Here’s a list of 25 time management tips to help you.

  1. Interruption will happen, factor in time into your day for they happen.
  2. Plan today’s tomorrow’s tasks the night before.
  3. Decide and plan the important telephone calls you need to make in advance. Outline what you want to cover.
  4. Turn your mobile and other tech off.
  5. Decide which interruptions must be dealt with there and then and those that can wait.
  6. Make a daily to-do list and begin with the most important task on it for that day. Google Tasks in their calendar is pretty neat.
  7. Be careful with your time – refuse opportunities that will waste your time.
  8. Make sure you take a break and rest.
  9. Give yourself time off in other ways – treat yourself.
  10. Everyone deserves time off. Take a holiday or long weekend.
  11. You don’t have to do it all. Delegate or give yourself extra time.
  12. Time box everything you do. Every task should have a time estimate associated with it.
  13. Don’t schedule tasks to be back to back. Separate similar tasks with something different. Add variety.
  14. Separate personal and professional tasks. Keep them in daily, weekly, monthly and yearly buckets.
  15. Review your to-do list regularly and cut out anything that is no longer important.
  16. Don’t over-complicate things. No need for complex systems.
  17. Avoid procrastination.
  18. Group similar tasks at home together and get them done together.
  19. Repeat the above but in the office.
  20. Use calendar both at home and the office.
  21. Observe the time wasted by others and don’t let yourself waste time on the same things.
  22. Understand that not everything is as important as you think it is.
  23. Keep ahead of your schedule, not behind. You’ll feel proud when you finish your to-do list ahead of time.
  24. Delegate to others where you can to get more done.
  25. Don’t let your email inbox rule you.

We hope you found this list useful. Look out for more posts coming soon on the Media 21 blog. For further reading, this article links to a study on how time management can affect college student grades. Get in touch with us if you have ideas for content you’d like us to cover.