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Discord - Chat for Gamers
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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What's it about?
DISCORD - CHAT FOR GAMERS is an app designed to help gamers talk to each other in real time. While playing a game on their device, users can log into Discord and enter a group chat with one or more other gamers so they can talk while they play. The app is designed to run nicely alongside a game: The desktop version is designed to use less computing power than other voice-chat apps, and you can customize how the app looks on-screen to make it ride alongside your game rather than interrupting it. Discord has other features, too, including text-based chat rooms and direct messages. Connecting with friends involves joining an existing gaming server or sending an email invitation. Using the Nearby feature when adding friends (and with location features turned on), you can find friends near you. You can also block users and avoid content you don't want to see. The app is free, and it's available for Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux devices, and its Mac OS version was in development at the time of this review.
Is it any good?
This is a chat tool built for gamers, by gamers, and its developers seem to be constantly working to build features they've always wanted in other apps. They also seem committed to building better and better features, such as features that protect users' privacy and make it easier to find and talk to your friends. It's also appealing that they're committed to keeping the app free. Though premium users can pay for upgraded features, serious gamers can still get great value from what's available for free.
While those intentions are admirable, Discord - Chat for Gamers is still a social network that's primarily 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 could be a good fit for teens. With thoughtful limits set by parents and an ongoing dialogue about how it's acceptable to use the app, this could be a good tool to help gaming teens talk with their friends in real time.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about your rules for messaging and social networking. How old do your kids have to be to use social networks like Discord - Chat for Gamers? What are your family's rules about devices and when they're appropriate to use?
Talk about online safety. What's OK to share on social media, and what's off-limits? Check out our parent guide for privacy and internet safety to get advice and good conversation starters for your kids.
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