What do I need to know about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas?

We've spoken to parents to find out what they think about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. 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?

60% of the children and young people who reviewed Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas thought it was unsafe. The main thing they told us they don’t like about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was:

  • It’s violent

What do children and young people like about it?

The main things that children and young people told us they like about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas were:

  • It’s fun
  • There are a lot of activities to complete

Is content on Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas suitable for children and young people?

We asked parents and young people about the types of inappropriate content they’ve seen on Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. 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).


High Risk

Violence & hatred

High Risk


High Risk

Suicide & self-harm

High Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

High Risk

What are people saying about
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas?

Girl, 14

“You can have fun playing with your friends but I don't like it when people shoot and swear at younger kids.”

Boy, 14

“There is a bit of violence in it and there is a bit of sexual content in it.”

Boy, 13

“People can message you but you can block them.”


“Don’t let your child play it until they’re mature enough to understand the content.” – Father of 10 yr old


“The content includes racism, gang violence, incitement to commit crime, drug taking, gambling, robbery, murder and stealing. You can hire prostitutes and strippers as well.” – Father of four


“It’s just too violent for under-18s.” – Mother of a 12 yr old

Grand Theft Auto

"Five years ago Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas... a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. Now, it's the early 90's. Carl's got to go home. CJ is forced on a journey, to save his family and to take control of the streets."

O2 Guru Top Tips for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

O2 Guru Camilla says:

"This game, aimed at older teens and adults, does not have many parental controls due to it's 18+ age restrictions. We recommend playing this game with your child to make an informed decision on whether it is appropriate for them."

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). 

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What's the right age for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas?


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas says

This is taken from PEGI’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 1179 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site – you can vote too.

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