What do I need to know about Friv?

We've spoken to parents to find out what they think about Friv. 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?

6% of the children and young people who reviewed Friv thought it was unsafe. The main things they told us they don’t like about Friv were:

  • Some of the games are violent or contain upsetting themes.
  • The amount of adverts that pop up.

What do children and young people like about it?

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

  • There’s a really big variety of different games to choose from
  • You can’t communicate with others so it feels safe

Is content on Friv suitable for children and young people?

We asked parents and young people about the types of inappropriate content they’ve seen on Friv. 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).


Low Risk

Violence & hatred

Low Risk


Low Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Low Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Low Risk

What are people saying about

Boy, 13

“I like that there is a variety of games that you can play.”

Girl, 12

"You can not communicate with others on this website, so there is no danger of being sent upsetting pictures or messages. There are games designed for all genders and people’s likes and dislikes. However, I think one or two of the games could make young (under-10) viewers feel a bit distressed."

Girl, 12

“Friv has lots of different games. Some are safe and suitable but some aren’t - they might contain some violence or swearing.”


“I felt that some of the games were not suitable for younger children. I did not come across any other unsuitable content.” – Father of three


“As with anything online, don't just leave your children to their own devices. Be involved, keep them aware of how to stay safe online.” – Father of 10 yr old boy


“It is safe for kids to use. I think it must be fairly well respected because it is used in schools.” – Father of 8 yr old girl


"A safe place to play the very best free games! Free online games, puzzle games, girls games, car games, dress up games and more. Share them with your friends online!"

O2 Guru Top Tips for Friv

O2 Guru Rosa says:

"This platform, for accessing multiple games, does rely on in-app purchases. Head to your settings page on your device to ensure that you don't get any nasty bill surprises."

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 Friv?


Friv says

This is from PEGI's own guidelines and is accurate as of March 2018.


Our panel of parents say

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


Children say

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


Net Aware visitors say

Based on 265 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site - you can vote too.

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