Discord - Chat for Gamers

App review by
Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Voice chat for gamers has slick features, mature content.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 110 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 244 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Though there are a ton of features to sort through at first, Discord is pretty easy to start using, especially if you're used to the more-complicated setup that some other voice-over-internet apps require.

Violence

App itself isn't violent, but there are conversations about some violent video games that can get graphic. 

Sex

Depends on the chats you're in and the games you play. 

Language

Intended for adults, not kids, and swearing and coarse language can abound in text-based chats and in conversation. 

Consumerism

App is free to use and doesn't feature ads, but a lot of conversation focuses on games and hardware you can buy for gaming. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Depends on the chats you're in and the games you play. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Discord - Chat for Gamers is a voice- and text-chat tool geared toward gamers. Its developers created it to replace other voice-over-internet protocol (VOIP) apps that gamers use to talk to each other in real time while they play games, especially MMOs. Users can log in to with a username, and they can add friends, join a server, chat by logging in with a code provided from an email invitation or from a real-life friend. Users can send direct messages to other users, chat, and talk or listen in larger group chats. Using the Nearby feature when adding friends (and with location features turned on), you can find users near you. While there are good features available for opting in to conversations, this is still a social-networking app, and it's primarily geared toward adults. As you might find on any social network, there are occasional issues with abusive language. Also, though the app doesn't generate iffy content, many players are discussing mature games, so sex, violence, and substances are often a part of the conversation. If you're going to let your younger teen use it, check out these tips around how to use the settings wisely. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared. 

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byLeo K. October 23, 2017

Discord: Fun and safe

When my 2 children begged for Skype and such, I looked into alternative options, due to the pricy nature of it. Discord seems to be perfect from a safety standa... Continue reading
Parent of a 12 and 18+-year-old Written byJamesfoxxen July 6, 2018

THIS IS NOT A BAD APP

THIS APP IS NOT BAD. While yes there is explicitly content, they only way to see it is by joining a server. So the only way that they are seeing this is by bad... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byLuciel June 3, 2018

To the parents/Clearing stuff up:

First of all, let me explain the raw basics of discord to you, dear reader.
You get to chose a user name upon sign up, and discord automatically add a 4 digit... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byRaynamenta January 21, 2019

Discord and How it's PERFECTLY Safe for 13+ as intended (guide for parents like my own):

I've been using Discord for almost three years and here's what I've understood about Discord. I was an early Hypesquad member (back before it was... Continue reading

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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