What is Gacha Life?
Gacha Life is a roleplaying game that allows users to create and customise anime-style characters. The word ‘gacha’ refers to small toys in Japan that can be bought from vending machines and come in tiny capsules.
It can be played on mobile or PC and allows children to roleplay as characters, creating stories of their own imagination. It is most popular among older children and pre-teens.
How does it work?
Users can choose different outfits and accessories for their characters to wear and can customise parts of their appearance like their hair and eyes. They can choose from 8 mini-games to play or can create scenes in Studio Mode and become ‘friends’ with non-player characters (NPCs). Some users may upload their Gacha Life stories onto other platforms to share with others.
Is it safe for children?
The Gacha Life app has been given an age-rating of 9+ on the Apple App Store and Everyone on the Google Play Store. Parents should be aware of the chat feature, access to in-app purchases, and in-game ads. Ensure you have disabled in-app purchases to limit spending.
In some instances, concerns were raised about incidents of strangers requesting underage age users tverify their age by sending inappropriate images of themselves. So, it’s important to have conversations with your child about what they do online and who they talk to. This will help them develop their critical thinking of what is and is not acceptable. It’s important they understand when to flag something to an appropriate adult should they get such requests.
What is Gacha Heat?
Gacha Heat is content generated by users of Gacha Life who upload the content on other platforms like TikTok and YouTube. The content is inappropriate and offensive, and it goes beyond stories within Gacha Life gameplay. This content may include sexual violence and other sexual subject matter or may feature age-inappropriate relationships that normalise abusive behaviours.
It is problematic because of its use of characters and art from Gacha Life. A child could view these videos, thinking it’s appropriate for them. Make sure to check what they are watching and see how you can support them if they stumble across inappropriate content with our advice hub.
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