What do I need to know about Discord?

We've spoken to parents to find out what they think about Discord. We've also asked children and young people what they think. Here's what they said:

Children’s views


What do children and young people dislike about it?

7% of the children and young people who reviewed Discord thought it was unsafe. The main things they told us they don’t like about Discord were:

  • Different servers have different rules – some of these will allow inappropriate content or behaviour
  • You can have contact and communication from people you don’t know, especially on public or large servers
  • Some people can be rude, mean or sexual
  • There are lots of ways to communicate – groups, servers, direct messages, voice channels and calls


What do children and young people like about it?

The main things that children and young people told us they like about Discord were:

  • If you use private servers or groups you can choose to only add your friends, and other people won’t be able to join
  • There are filters such as NSFW (Not Safe for Work), which filter explicit material
  • To add someone as a friend you need to know their username and a unique code, which stops random people being able to add you
  • It’s a good way to get tips for playing certain games

Is content on Discord suitable for children and young people?

We asked parents and young people about the types of inappropriate content they’ve seen on Discord. The level of risk is based on the % of respondents who reported seeing these types of content. The ratings are: Low Risk (less than 5% of respondents); Medium Risk (between 5 and 25%); and High Risk (over 25%, or more than one in four).

Sexual

Medium Risk

Violence & hatred

Medium Risk

Bullying

Medium Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Medium Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Medium Risk

What are people saying about
Discord?

Male, 18

“Large servers can have many people within them, and entering them can be easy. However when using private servers/channels, users are safe with those they trust and can select who to contact and who to block.”

Boy, 17

“There is still bullying going on, there are a lot of servers that don't implement any 18+ filters which can be visible to those younger than 18. Younger kids are vulnerable on this site.”

Young person, 12

“People can just enter your chat room if they get their hands on the code and spam you with inappropriate, mean or sexual things.”

Mother

“Discord, like other platforms, is full of adults and teenagers, not all of them will be lovely people, so use with caution - like any other social media platform.” - Mother of a 10 yr old boy

Mother

“It is too easy to create an account. If they have a lot of friends or join a busy server they could find bullying and other issues very easily. I think this app should be for older children and adults.” - Mother of 13 and 16 yr olds

Father

“Each discord server has it owns rules and community standards, so important to check each one before allowing a child access.” – Father of 7 and 9 yr olds

Discord

"All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that's free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone. Stop paying for TeamSpeak servers and hassling with Skype. Simplify your life."

O2 Guru Top Tips for Discord

O2 Guru Rosa says:


"Discord has some great privacy settings where you can choose to block entire servers or individual people. These settings are all available in the 'privacy setting' section. You can also restrict friend requests in 'user settings,' so that requests can only come from friends of friends."


Our O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline can help you to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks. You can call us free on 0808 800 5002.


For face to face advice and support, you can also book a free in-store appointment with an O2 Guru here (even if you’re not with O2). 

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What's the right age for Discord?

13+

Discord says

This is from Discord’s own guidelines and is accurate as of March 2018.

13+

Our panel of parents say

Based on our independent panel of 2,049 parents, surveyed through YouGov in January 2018.

11+

Children say

Based on 2,059 responses from children and young people in November and December 2017.

13+

Net Aware visitors say

Based on 161 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site – you can vote too.

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Start a conversation with your child
about Discord

Having open, regular conversations with your child will enable you to really understand and explore the online world together, helping you to keep them safe online. Our tips and advice can help you start having these conversations.

I know the internet is a great place – I’m happy for you to use it. I just want you to be OK.

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