What do I need to know about SoundCloud?

We've spoken to parents to find out what they think about SoundCloud. 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?

3% of the children and young people who reviewed SoundCloud thought it was unsafe. The main things they told us they don’t like about SoundCloud were: 

  • You can listen to songs that might be rude or inappropriate
  • There are lots of adverts between songs
  • Having to pay to use the premium version of the site

What do children and young people like about it?

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

  • An easy way to find popular music
  • There’s a wide range of songs and music types
  • You can create playlists

Is content on SoundCloud suitable for children and young people?

We asked parents and young people about the types of inappropriate content they’ve seen on SoundCloud. 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).


Medium Risk

Violence & hatred

Medium Risk


Low Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Low Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Medium Risk

What are people saying about

Girl, 16

“I like how you can upload your own songs and express yourself.”

Girl, 13

“I can listen to my friends’ music playlists and save a particular song to my playlist which they can view as well. Some of the songs aren’t appropriate for some users and they might be offended.”

Boy, 16

“It’s a quick way to stream the music you enjoy listening to.”


“Be aware that there is adult language and adult themes, which are easy to find if you're looking for them. But it's also a good way for your child to get their work out there and to discover new artists and genres.” – Mother of a 9 yr old boy


“If you are posting your own content, some people won't like it, and some people could be nasty about it.” – Mother of 12 and 18 yr olds


“I think it’s a great way to stream music and find new surprising acts. Some of the content is explicit especially in the rap, hip hop section.” – Mother of a 17 yr old daughter


"SoundCloud lets people discover and enjoy the greatest selection of music from the most diverse creator community on earth. The platform has become renowned for its unique content and features, including the ability to share music and connect directly with artists."

O2 Guru Top Tip for SoundCloud

O2 Guru Paul says:

"You can't make your account completely private on SoundCloud, however you can select whether a track or playlist is private or public. You can also change the privacy settings of your track or playlist at any time."


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).


What's the right age for SoundCloud?


SoundCloud says

This is taken from SoundCloud’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 and December 2017.


Net Aware visitors say

Based on 109 votes from parents who have visited this site – you can vote too!

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