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Friv

Friv is a free gaming site that offers a wide variety of games to play including puzzles, car games and dress up games. Some of the games do include low-level violence.

3+

Official age rating

7+

Net Aware age recommendation

Kids use this to...

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Learn

Connect

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Our safety ratings

Overall safety rating:

Our overall rating for Friv

Average

There’s no chat function on Friv which means your child can’t speak to other players.

We did come across a game that featured some low-level cartoon violence where the player is instructed to shoot at aliens.

Some of the games feature monsters and other fantasy creatures that younger children might find upsetting.

Many of the games also use sound effects and music that some children might find distressing.  We wouldn't recommend children under 7 use this app without checking the games first to see if they are suitable for your child.

Safety features

You don’t need to set up an account to play games meaning your child doesn’t need to create a profile using their information. However, there’s no way for parents or carers to restrict what their children can play.

Privacy & location

As Friv doesn’t require you to set up an account, share personal information or let you talk to other players , the site doesn’t have any privacy features.

The site also doesn’t record your location.

Reporting & blocking

Friv has no reporting and blocking features, or community standards.

Content

Most of the games on Friv have been designed with children in mind. However, we did come across some that contained low-level cartoon violence that some children might find upsetting.

O2 Guru top tip

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On Friv

Some games on Friv contain mild violence, so explore the app yourself to see if it's appropriate.

Top tips for staying safe

Sitting down with your child and exploring their favourite app or game is a great way for you to learn more about what they like to do online.

You can ask them why they like to use an app or play certain games, as well as who they’re talking to and what sorts of things they’re sharing.

You can also read our Net Aware reviews for tips on how to keep kids safe on popular apps, sites and games.

Once you’ve decided they can use the site, sit down together and agree some rules around playing games online.

You might decide they can only play at the weekend or for a set amount of time per day. Different rules will work for different families but whatever you decide make sure to write them down using our family agreement template.

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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Talking to your child

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.

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