Friv

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Kid-friendly game site could use more educational stuff.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about math skills like addition and subtraction -- along with logic, reading, time management, and goal-setting skills. But the lessons aren't always clear because games often don't explain what's being taught or practiced. Game instructions are also hit or miss; some are nonexistent. Kids probably won't walk away with a ton of new knowledge, but there's plenty to interest them on the site -- the games are fun, plentiful, and seem to be generally safe. Friv could benefit from clearer, more consistent playing instructions and content explaining what both the site and its games are about.

Positive Messages

One game involves a women-owned business; others can help kids learn about responsibility and time management -- and encourage them to set and reach goals within the game.

Violence & Scariness

Some games involve ghosts and magic. Guns aren't a major part of the site, but ships shoot at each other using cannons, and a zombie game encourages users to kill and infect humans -- but it's relatively gore-free.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

You may see the name of the site that created the game before you play it, but there aren't nearly as many ads as most game sites. Games aren't preceded by ads, and the site isn't filled with them.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although the games on Friv are from other sites, links to other areas on those sites are disabled, so kids should stay on Friv.
 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byamlander January 6, 2015

I don't let my kids play this, and I'm pretty laid back

The games on here are absurd to be targeted toward kids. The women's bodies are depicted as very mature and the outfits are very revealing. There was one g... Continue reading
Adult Written bykendalj June 12, 2015

disappointing

i was playing mario and it kept freasing up on me so before you put a game out make sure it dosent frease on you please :(
Kid, 12 years old January 26, 2013

Friv games!

This is a really fun website, i found it a while ago. There's also a a educational version called friv4school that i sometimes play at school. Also common... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byemitige90 January 19, 2013

Frivrules

I love friv1!!!!!!

What's it about?

FRIV offers dozens of free games -- which are generally fine for kids to play -- without tons of pop-up ads or commercials. Site content is sparse; game names appear when you scroll over each image on the homepage, but there isn't much else to help guide you through the site. The games come from other providers, so quality and instructions can be inconsistent. However, Friv appears to have disabled any links to additional games or other items on each offering, so kids shouldn't end up accessing something totally inappropriate after playing.

Is it any good?

The most information you'll find about FRIV is a search engine description that says it's "a safe place to play the very best free games." The site itself contains almost no text -- the homepage is comprised of dozens of tiny images that link to games users can play. The lack of written information may initially seem suspect, particularly because game sites, due to violent or otherwise inappropriate content, can often be a concern. However, Friv's selections are mostly safe. Some games can be a little confusing to figure out; clearer instructions would help. It'd also be great to see more games that encourage kids to use logic and reasoning to solve puzzles and advance levels -- offering a bonus bit of education when kids are getting their game fix.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how much time you should spend on playing games online -- and how much time you should spend playing offline. Check out our guide on how to set screen rules that stick to determine gaming time limits.

  • Friv's games are fairly tame, but some game sites contain items that are meant for adults, not kids. How can you tell if a site has safe games -- or if you shouldn't be playing them?

  • A lot of video and online games contain violence, like shooting or blowing things up. That may seem OK in a virtual world, but it’s not OK in the real world. Talk about how you can resolve disputes peacefully in real life. When you argue with someone, why is violence the last thing you should ever use to try and settle the issue?

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