What do I need to know about Reddit?

We've spoken to parents to find out what they think about Reddit. We've also asked children and young people what they think. Here's what they said:

Children’s views

What do children and young people dislike about it?

7% of the children and young people who reviewed Reddit thought it was unsafe. The main things they told us they don’t like about Reddit were:

  • Seeing inappropriate content
  • The content doesn’t always seem to be truthful
  • People can say mean things in the comments

What do children and young people like about it?

The main things that children and young people told us they like about Reddit were:

  • A way of finding out about what’s going on in the world from all sorts of people
  • The content is funny
  • Sharing opinions with the community

Is content on Reddit suitable for children and young people?

We asked parents and young people about the types of inappropriate content they’ve seen on Reddit. The level of risk is based on the % of respondents who reported seeing these types of content. The ratings are: Low Risk (less than 5% of respondents); Medium Risk (between 5 and 25%); and High Risk (over 25%, or more than one in four).


High Risk

Violence & hatred

High Risk


Medium Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Medium Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

High Risk

What are people saying about

Boy, 16

“You can share and find things shared by other people. There are many different groups of people on the website and it can provide a sense of community.”

Girl, 15

“It can be used to say/promote things that people my age shouldn't be seeing.”

Boy, 16

“It gives me content on tips of games, but it’s not always true what they say and there are too many trolls.”


“If you are letting your child on Reddit make sure you are aware of the subs that they are visiting / subscribed to. Monitor their usage, as you would with any other social media.” – Father of 8 and 10 yr olds


“Reddit is an excellent resource for finding out / following a particular topic. Some of the content may be of a risqué nature and especially younger children should be supervised. Parents should be prepared to act and guide children and discuss their experiences.” – Father of a 17 yr old boy


“I think it is really important for parents/guardians to familiarise themselves with all aspects of Reddit to enable them to give guidance to children. I don't think that Reddit is particularly designed for children. Parents need to be available for a child to talk." - Mother of an 8 yr old boy


"Reddit bridges communities and individuals with ideas, the latest digital trends, and breaking news (...okay, and maybe cats). Our mission is to help people discover places where they can be their true selves, and empower our community to flourish."

O2 Guru Top Tips for Reddit

O2 Guru Camilla says:

"As this is an anonymous site, there is no way to block specific users. However, if parents are concerned about their children not being ready to view this site, they can set up parental controls by heading to settings, general, then clicking on parental controls and selecting key features to block."

Our O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline can help you to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks. You can call us free on 0808 800 5002.

For face to face advice and support, you can also book a free in-store appointment with an O2 Guru here (even if you’re not with O2).

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What's the right age for Reddit?


Reddit says

This is taken from Reddit’s own guidelines and is accurate as of March 2018.


Our panel of parents say

Based on our independent panel of 2,049 parents, surveyed through YouGov in January 2018.


Children say

Based on 2,059 responses from children and young people in November 2017 and December 2017.


Net Aware visitors say

Based on 224 votes from parents who have visited this site – you can vote too!

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