Parents' Guide to

Discord

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Voice and video chat; slick features, some mature content.

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 158 parent reviews

age 13+

Misunderstood

Discord has gotten a lot of hate because of kids meeting preditors and things like that and yes its not good and should not happen but its one not all discords fault. Discord's TOS says that you have to be 13 and up and is I think is good. most 13 year olds have some sense of whats right and whats wrong unlike a 9 year old who most likely wont know what right and wrong. With anything online privacy is important and discord has setting that make it easy. You can chose to disable DM from servers, disable dms from everyone you are not friends with. With adult content or 18+ things you have to know that you kid will not be a Angle and they will eventually find adult content. Ok now with that done what are the good things about it. Discord is really easy to use and straight forward. Discord has servers were you can join and talk about lots of different topics from things like video games to things like photography Discord also makes it so much easier to talk to people and the voice chat is one of the best quality. Ovral I love discord and I hope this made you understand it more
age 10+

This is a great app for tweens/teens ages 10-13+

It is a great site and is used for communication between gamers my 9 yearold son uses it evryday to talk with this friends when hes playing a game also most of these reviews made my adults are bad they are about the app but not the stuff that helps parents like is it safe or does it have predictors. while discord does have predictors they are extremely rare 2/100 and most of the people are kids or teen's i let my kid use it for hanging out with his friends. There is content that people share in the chats thats bad but the admins or mods take it down before they see it.There is rarely swear words but other then that its a great app i would recommend it to ages 11-12+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (158 ):
Kids say (469 ):

While this chat tool was originally gaming-focused -- built for gamers, by gamers -- in 2020, the developers announced it was repositioning itself as a place for communities involving other subject matter. Discord allows people to create a chat server and connect with a group of people. In addition to gaming fans, there are communities that focus on movies, music, and numerous other topics. Users can create a group for family members, fans of a TV show, or another subject, and appoint a moderator and administrator. There are desktop app versions of the platform for Windows and Macs, and iOS and Android apps are available for mobile devices. There's also a web browser version. Discord is free to use. You can also sign up for Discord Nitro, the premium subscription tier ($9.99 per month, or $99.99 per year) that offers benefits such as bigger upload size limits, HD video for streaming and screen-sharing, animated avatars, and custom emojis.

While Discord's intention to remain free and constantly improve its available functionalities is impressive, it's still a social network that's primarily meant for adults. Though the developers are committed to fostering a positive online space, there have been issues with abusive language and unkind behavior. Used wisely and sparingly, Discord may be a fit for teens. A closed network of people, for instance, would likely be a safer option than one of the public groups. With thoughtful limits set by parents and an ongoing dialogue about ways it would be acceptable to use the app, it could be used as a tool to help teens who are interested in gaming -- and other specific topics -- talk with their friends in real time. At least some guidance and supervision would likely be a good idea, though.

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