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PlayerUnknown's Battleground (PUBG) Mobile

Like Fortnite, PUBG Mobile is a battle royale shooter and fighting game. Teams of up to 4 players battle to be the last one standing. It contains more gore than Fortnite and there might be some inappropriate content in the chat.

13+

Official age rating

16+

Net Aware age recommendation

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Our safety ratings

Overall safety rating:

Our overall rating for PlayerUnknown's Battleground (PUBG) Mobile

Poor

We wouldn’t recommend children under the age of 16 play this game.

There are communication features available within the game, including voice and text-chat based messaging. You can also form ‘Connections’ with other players and add friends from around the world. This means your child could be at risk of speaking to people they don’t know.

The game also features violence and weapons that some children might find upsetting.

Safety features

As the game is rated 16+ there are no parental controls available. You can switch off the chat function but this has to be done on each individual game.

Privacy & location

Because the game requires people to play in teams, there are limited privacy settings available. However, you can set the visability of your profile to private so other people can’t add you.

Only your nickname will appear to other players and it’s up to the user how much information they share in the chat box.

Reporting & blocking

The reporting and blocking tools are very limited and you can only block or report users you’re friends with. This means your child could see something inappropriate on a public chat box, but would only be able to report it, if they added the user as a friend.

To report users you aren’t friends with you need to contact Customer Support.

Content

The game features violence and weapons that some children might find upsetting. There might also be a risk your child could come across inappropriate language via the chat function.

O2 Guru top tip

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On PUBG blocking users

Show your child how to report and block other players in a chat by clicking on their name. Remind them they can talk to you if anything on PUGB upsets them.

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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.

Help your child think about what they share online and who sees it. Compare it to what they would be happy to share offline.

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You shouldn't give your number to somebody you don't know on the street. Is somebody online you don't know any different?”

Listen to their answers. And be positive and encouraging.

Remind them that they shouldn’t share private things, such as:

  • personal information, like names, emails, phone numbers, location and school names
  • other people's personal information
  • links to join private group chats
  • photos of themselves
  • photos of their body, such as sexual photos or videos.

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.

Always check the age ratings of games. You can usually find this on the official site or wherever you downloaded the app.

Most games should have a PEGI rating which represents the recommended minimum age a player should be based on the content and themes of the game. But PEGI ratings don't consider communication features, such as chat. You can find more info on the official PEGI site.

Remember that age ratings are a general guide and don’t cover everything. It's important to check the game out for yourself before letting your child play it. And you know your child better than anyone, so think about whether it’s suitable for them as an individual.

Your child might come across upsetting or negative things while playing. If this happens, they might want to report or block them. 

There’s a report button within the game that you can use if somebody is being inappropriate or abusive. You can also report and block other players in a chat by clicking on their name.  

And remember to let your child know that they can always talk to you about worrying things they see online.  

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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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