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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.


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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. 

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.


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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What children and parents are saying

We've spoken to over 2,000 parents and kids to find out what they think.



What do children and young people dislike about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas?

  • The violence within the game

There is a bit of violence in it and there is a bit of sexual content in it.

Boy, 14

What do children and young people like about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas?

  • It’s fun
  • There are a lot of activities to complete

You can have fun playing with your friends.

Girl, 14



We asked parents about the following areas of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas:

Safety and support

[Safety and support advice was] very easy to access, which is fab for parents.

Mum of 6 and 14 year old boys

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I do think a child could easily access this.

Mother of 6 and 14 year old boys

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