Gaining more than 50 million players within a month of launch, Apex Legends is set to be the new gaming sensation everyone is talking about.
Rivalling the popular game Fortnite, Apex Legends is a free-to-play Battle Royale game where players can team up with two other players to make a squad, and then compete against nineteen other squads in a bid to be the last ones standing.
Is Apex Legends appropriate for my child?
Our experts here at NSPCC feel that the game is similar to Fortnite but looks to be a grittier version. PEGI determines age suitability for platforms such as Xbox, PS4, PC and Nintendo, and has rated Apex Legends as suitable for children aged 16 and over, which is higher than the age rating of Fortnite (12 and over). PEGI does not take into consideration the chat features in games, therefore children could be exposed to inappropriate language from other players.
Know the risks
- While you have to turn on voice chat to speak to others, the feature cannot be permanently turned off. There is no way of preventing players in your squad from talking to you, unless you mute them.
- The gaming platform doesn’t enable players to be reported within the game, making it a harder and longer process to do so if another user is being inappropriate. Users can be reported through the Origin website or via a console account.
Users can play and enjoy the game without using in-game chat as it has a ‘pings’ feature allowing users to send an automated message to their squad. This allows them to speak to each other purely for the benefit of the game, e.g. users can ask their team to revive them or to collect some weapons.
Follow our TEAM tips to help keep your child safe online when playing online games:
- Talk to your child regularly about what they’re doing online and how to stay safe. Let them know they can come to you or another trusted adult if they’re feeling worried or upset by anything they have seen. You can use our conversation starters to support you when starting these conversations.
- Explore your child’s online activities together. Understand why they like playing certain games and make sure they know what they can do to keep themselves safe.
- Agree your own rules as a family when using sites, apps and games. You can use our Family Agreement template to help you get started.
- Manage your technology and use the settings available to keep your child safe.
Visit an O2 Guru in store
Our O2 online safety Gurus are NSPCC trained advisors based in O2 stores across the UK. They can help you to set up a device so that it’s safe for your child, including enabling parental controls. The service is free of charge regardless of your network. Book your appointment with an O2 Guru today.
Call our O2 NSPCC Online Safety Advice Line
If you have a question about parental controls or a concern about a social network your child uses, O2 expert advisors, trained by NSPCC, are here to help. Call them for free on 0808 800 5002. They are open Monday to Friday, between 9am and 7pm.
Visit the NSPCC website
If you are looking for more online safety support, in addition to Net Aware we also have a wide range of resources, information and support, all to help keep your kids safe online. Just head to the online safety section of the NSPCC website.