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Rec Room

Rec Room is a social gaming platform where you can create and play games. You can play solo, with friends or join public rooms to play with people you don’t know. It also has a chat function that lets you speak to other players, via text or audio, in real-time.

7+

Official age rating

7+

Net Aware age recommendation

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Our safety ratings

Overall safety rating:

Our overall rating for Rec Room

Average

Kids aged 12 and under can only sign up for a junior account on Rec Room. This means they don’t have access to any of the chat features and can’t talk to anyone on the app.

Children aged 13+ are given standard accounts and access to all the features including text and audio chat. This means they could easily speak to people they don’t know via text or audio chat.

We would recommend that children 16 and under only play in a private room and with people they know, like school friends.

Safety features

Rec Room has different account settings depending on your age. If you’re aged 13+ you can sign up for a standard account and access all the features.

Junior accounts for kids age 12 and under need to be set up by a parent or guardian. These types of accounts have certain features switched off by default. Kids with junior accounts are not able to:
• Send or receive messages
• Transmit or hear voice audio
• Play the guessing game charades (to stop inappropriate user-generated images from being sent to them)
• Create their own rooms

You can still play with other players you might not know if you have a junior account but you won’t be able to communicate with them. Read more about Junior accounts here.

Privacy & location

Players who have a junior account are given a randomised username that they can’t change. Players who are aged 13+ can create a custom username and we recommend this doesn’t include their real name.

Rec Room doesn’t share your location with other players.

All players have a private room where they can play solo or invite others to join via a link. We recommend children only invite people they actually know and have met before, like school friends and family members.

Reporting & blocking

You can report, block and mute other players in the game. To do this you use the ‘Stop gesture’ or the report button in your ‘Watch’ settings.

We would recommend reading Rec Room’s Code of Conduct which outlines behaviour expectations in the game.

Content

We didn't come across any inappropriate content while exploring Rec Room but there has been reports of children being sent upsetting images and videos. If your child has a standard account and connects with others in a public room they could easily be sent something upsetting.

All the games are cartoons but some contain guns and swords that some children might find upsetting.

O2 Guru top tip

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Talk to them about their username

If your child has a standard account, help them choose an appropriate username. Remind them to stay away from real names and personal information.

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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.

For lots of kids gaming is a way they can stay connected with friends. While playing games with other people is a more sociable way to be online, it’s important to check in regularly with your child about who they’re talking to.

Lots of gaming platforms have chat functions that let you to talk to people you don’t know. Make sure to check the communication features on the games your child plays and explore the safety features available.

We would recommend they only chat to friends they have actually met , like their school friends or people they know from other offline activities.

If it’s a game your child has been playing for a while you might want to ask them whether they’ve joined any new chats or forums. Have a conversation with them about the types of things they’re discussing and what is appropriate to share.

Make sure you check in with your child regularly about who they’re talking to on their favourite games. Remind them that conversations should only be about the game, and if someone starts asking them other questions or suggests they speak using another app like Snapchat or Instagram they should tell you.

If your child is sent an upsetting message, image of video whilst playing a game, they might want to report or the block the other player.

To report or block another player can use the ‘Stop gesture’. This brings up the other players profile and you can choose to block or report them.

You can also block or report other players in ‘Watch’. Simply select, ‘Watch’, choose they player you’d like to block and select ‘Report’ or ‘Block’

When you block a player you won’t be able to join rooms they’re in.

Every player in Rec Room has their own personal space where they can choose to play games solo or invite friends via a link. We would recommend that under 16s only play games in their private room so they can’t talk to people they don’t know.

Before you let your child play, agree a list of friends that you’re happy for your child to play with and remind them to never share the link with people they don’t know.

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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