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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a mobile game where you explore a fictional city as the central character, Carl. This game is for over 18s and contains adults themes, including violence, sex and drug use. For these reasons, we wouldn’t recommend it for any under the age of 18.


Official age rating


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Our safety ratings

Overall safety rating:

Our overall rating for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Very Poor

This game features lots of adult themes and inappropriate behaviour including violence, racism, drugs and prostitution. We do not think this game is suitable for under 18s.

You should explore the settings available on your child’s device and restrict games that you do not want them to download. 

Safety features

There are no parental control features available. Given that this is an 18-rated game depicting racism, violence, sex and drugs it is only suitable for those over the age of 18 and parents should be advised to set up age restrictions on children's devices so they can’t download the game.

Privacy & location

You do not need to set up an account to play the game so no privacy settings are required. The game does not record or share your location.

Reporting & blocking

There are no communication features so reporting and blocking tools are not required.


This games features adult themes including violence, prostitution, sex and drugs. We also came across derogoratary and racist language.


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On Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is aimed at over 18s and we wouldn't recommend anyone younger than this playing the game.

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Top tips for staying safe

We don’t recommend this game for anyone under the age of 18, as it contains a lot of adult themes, including drink, drugs, sex and violence. 

If you're concerned your child is playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, you might want to explore the game yourself (or do some research) so you’re aware of the themes.  

This could help you to start a conversation with your child about why it’s not appropriate. 

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.

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.


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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