Adopt Me! parents’ guide: is the Roblox game safe for your child?
Over the past year it’s become massively popular with younger children in particular, and that growth shows no signs of slowing down. If your child isn’t already playing it, they probably know someone who is.
However, playing Adopt Me! is not without risk – with scams a particular concern. Although these risks are rare, it’s important to understand the transactions in the game to be able to guide children.
So how does the game work? And what do parents need to know about it? Here’s our guide.
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What is Adopt Me?
Rather than being a standalone game, Adopt Me! is a sub-game you can play on Roblox.
Don’t know how Roblox works? We’ve got a full guide here, but in brief: it’s a huge collection of different games made by a range of creators using the platform’s built-in tools. It’s available on PC, Mac, iOS, Android and Xbox One and it’s incredibly popular, with more than 100 million monthly users.
In Adopt Me!, you build and customise a home, look after pets and make friends with other players.
The main focus is on adopting, raising, and collecting the various pets. You can also decorate your house and unlock vehicles.
You can do most of these things without making additional purchases, and most players don’t spend anything on the game – but as you progress, there is a drive to sell items that enable you to access rarer pets.
Why is Adopt Me! so popular?
As with many Roblox games, Adopt Me!’s popularity comes from its combination of an avid community of players and freeform play.
A bit like games that evolve in the playground, it changes over time as the developers add features suggested by the players. You can browse the latest updates on the PlayAdoptMe YouTube channel.
What do parents need to be aware of?
There are five ranks of pets: common, uncommon, rare, ultra-rare, and legendary. The most valuable legendary pets include Dragons, Unicorn, Griffin, Ninja Monkey and Kitsune.
Getting the good ones takes effort – and that could lead to your child spending a lot of time on the game (or wanting to).
You train your pets by completing tasks. Once you have four fully grown pets, they can be traded for even rarer Neon pets with glowing parts. You can then do this four times to trade them in for a Mega Neon Pet that glows in rainbow colours.
It’s worth noting that to earn the rarest of these pets you’d have to put in a large number of hours in the game. To create a Mega Neon Diamond Griffin, for example, would require three Diamond Eggs from a minimum of 1170 consecutive days of playing.
In fact, the actual number of days would be likely to be much higher, as there’s only a 1 in 3 chance that you’d hatch the same creature from your Diamond egg each time. That’s potentially years of playing.
This ecosystem of pets both encourages extended play time as well as the purchasing of currency. There have been stories about children running up large bills on Adopt Me!, including one where a six-year-old reportedly spent $6000 on it.
As with any game, it’s important that you set up Roblox Adopt Me! with the appropriate limits on spending before your child plays. Talk to them about this so they understand how the game makes money and can make an informed choice about spending – and so that they realise that while the game may be virtual, the money is real. We’ve got more information on how to control in-app spending here.
As well as buying pets, players can trade them with each other. This can in turn lead to disputes if trades are not fair.
Scams and price-hiking are the main concern. Given the time (and, potentially, money) required to create the rarest pets, some people have taken to selling them outside of the platform. A quick search on eBay will turn up hundreds of examples, with some selling for hundreds or even thousands of pounds.
Parents should explain to their child that they should only use the in-game trading platform to trade. Indeed, Roblox’s terms state that anyone making trades outside of the game will not be protected if the deal goes wrong. What’s more, in order to conduct a trade via eBay or another external site, your child would have to meet the seller in the game to receive their purchase. This in turn poses a grooming risk.
Even within the game, there are scams to be wary of. Among them are:
- Cloning: players may claim they can clone your child’s pet, in order to get them to part with a valuable one. Cloning is not possible in Adopt Me! and this is a scam.
- Robux deals: players may offer to trade a pet for Robux – but again, that isn’t possible in Adopt Me!, and the likelihood is that they’ll simply steal the pet then disappear.
- Pet sitting: players may offer to level up a pet for your child. After gaining your child’s trust, they’ll persuade them to give them a high-level pet, then disappear.
Given the level of investment (in both time and money) your child may have put into their pets, being scammed would be an unpleasant experience. Explain to them that if something sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is.
You could also suggest that they should only trade with people they know and trust, or that they shouldn’t risk trading anything they couldn’t bear to lose. And, of course, make sure they know to talk to you if they’re unsure about anything.
There’s more information about scams on Roblox here.
Like most Roblox games, Adopt Me! is a social game at heart – and makes a good introduction to in-game communication for younger children.
The game’s text-chat function is monitored and limited in language, so there’s little risk that your child will be exposed to harmful content.
That said, you should ensure that your child’s account has the right age specified, as the chat is more limited for players under 13 years old.
What other Roblox games should I be aware of?
One of the best things about Roblox is the sheer number of games you can play.
Other popular games on the system include:
There are other non-Roblox games that are also popular for children who enjoy Adopt Me!:
Adopt Me!: the Parent Zone verdict
Children love Adopt Me! because of the collecting mechanics and the chance to interact with other players. It’s a fun and visually simple game – but the interactions and gameplay offer a surprisingly deep and playful experience.
It’s not entirely without risk, and you should definitely talk to your child about the possible scams and ensure they come to you if anything goes wrong. But enjoyed in a family space where you can keep an eye on their interactions, it’s a great way for children to learn to play online in a safe and fun environment.