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Apex Legends

Apex Legends is a free-to-play Battle Royale game where players can team up with two other players to make a squad, and then compete against nineteen other squads in a bid to be the last ones standing.

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Our overall rating for Apex Legends

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The game contains cartoon violence, including guns that some children might find upsetting.

Be aware that Apex Legends has a number of different communication features. We would recommend switching off audio chat and only letting your child use the Ping system to communicate with other players. This system lets players communicate with their team via actions without having to use voice chat.

You should also explore the parental controls available on your child’s gaming device to help you manage things like in-app purchases and screen time.

Safety features

As the game is rated 16+ there are no parental controls available. However, if you decide to let your child use it, you should check out the parental controls available on your child’s Playstation or Xbox.

We would also recommend switching off the chat function so your child can’t speak to people they don’t know. You can do this in the Settings of the game.

Privacy & location

There are a number of different privacy settings available that can be enabled on your child’s EA account to help keep them safe. These will help you manage who can see their profile and add them as a friend. There is also an option to play in ‘Anonymous mode’.

You should make sure to explore the privacy settings available with your child and decide which ones will be suitable for them to use.

Reporting & blocking

There are no reporting or blocking tools within the game. To report or block another player you need to contact EA via an online form.

Content

We didn’t come across any inappropriate user-generated content while playing the game. However, because there are in-game communication features, including audio, your child might hear or see something upsetting.

The game also contains cartoon violence with guns that some children might find upsetting.

O2 Guru top tip

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On child-friendly Apex Legends

Talk to your child about muting the group chat and instead use the ping system to communicate with their teammates.

Top tips for staying safe

Apex Legends contains cartoon violence that some children might find upsetting so you should check out the game yourself before you let your child use it to decide if it’s appropriate. If you don’t fancy playing it, you could always go on YouTube and watch a video of someone else playing.

If you decide it’s ok for your child to play, you should talk to them about the different communication features available and decide which ones are appropriate for them to use.

Take your child through Childline’s staying safe online page so you can talk about the risks and how to stay safe

Gaming is a fun way for kids to relax and stay entertained outside of school but it’s important to agree rules to keep them safe whilst gaming. These could include which games are safe to play, who they can play with, where they can use their devices at home or how long they can play for.

For example, you might agree with them they can play in the main family rooms at the weekends with their school friends. Different rules will work for different families but often work best when agreed together as a family. That way your child can share things like how long each game lasts which is helpful to know when agreeing time limits.

It can help to write down any new rules together as a family so you can come back to them later. Use our family agreement to get you started.

Apex Legends has communication features that can connect you with people you don’t know. We would recommend they only chat to friends they have actually met, like their school friends or people they know from other offline activities via the Ping system so they don’t use voice chat.

Make sure you check in with your child regularly about who they’re talking to on Apex Legends. Remind them that conversations should only be about the game, and if someone starts asking them other questions or suggests they speak using another app like Snapchat or Instagram they should tell you.

Explore safety settings together like block, report and mute so your child knows how to stop unwanted contact or end an online chat if it's not about the game.

Be aware that some children use third party chat apps like Discord to communicate with other players while gaming. Make sure to ask your child if they’re using any other messaging apps to chat with friends or people they don’t know while playing games online.

Your child might come across upsetting or negative things from other players in Apex Legends. So it’s useful to show them how to report.

EA, the game’s developers, has specific guidance on how to report players for cheating, abuse, and harassment.

And remember to let your child know that they can always talk to you about worrying things they see online.

Explain that you understand the internet is a great place to play, create, learn and connect. But remind them they can talk to you if anything upsets or worries them.

Reassure them that you won’t overreact – you’re just looking out for them.

It’s important to remind your child that they can talk you, another adult they trust, like a teacher, or Childline about anything they see online.

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