Some games on Friv contain mild violence, so explore the app yourself to see if it's appropriate.
Exploring apps, sites and games together is a great way to involve your child in the decision-making process.
Be positive about what you see, but also be open about your concerns. Ask them what they think is appropriate and what worries them.
If you decide it’s not appropriate, then make sure you explain your reasons why.
You might decide it’s ok for your child to use. If so, make sure you follow the tips below to ensure it’s as safe as possible. And work out a time when you’ll next discuss the app.
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.
And if they feel like they can’t speak to you, tell them to talk to an adult they trust, like a teacher or Childline.
Having open, regular conversations with your child will help you to really understand and explore the online world together. Our tips and advice can help you start these conversations.Talk about staying safe online
We've spoken to over 2,000 parents and kids to find out what they think.
What do children and young people dislike about Friv?
• Some of the games are violent or contain upsetting themes.
• The amount of adverts that pop up
Friv has lots of different games. Some are safe and suitable but some aren’t - they might contain some violence or swearing.
What do children and young people like about Friv?
• There’s a really big variety of different games to choose from
• You can’t communicate with others so it feels safe
You cannot communicate with others on this website, so there is no danger of being sent upsetting pictures or messages.
We asked parents about the following areas of Friv:
Most parents thought it was too easy for a child to sign up to Friv.
I couldn't see an option to register for an account. I was able to play all games straight away with no need to register. You don't play with other people on the internet.
Mum of 9 and 11 year olds
You don't have any contact with others so there's no need to block anyone.
Mum of 9 and 11 year old boys
There did not seem to be an option to report content. I did not find any games where you could interact with other people.
Dad of 8 year old girl
There were no privacy settings or location settings. I could not see any need for this. It was all self-contained on the laptop with no interaction with other people.
Dad of 8 year old girl
Safety and support
There is no safety information that I could see. When I have seen this website before it has seemed very harmless but I have no idea how they vet the games that are available.
Dad of an 8 year old girl