What is Kick the Buddy? A guide for parents

It can be difficult to keep up with the apps that your child is using on their smartphones and tablets.

Kick the Buddy is a game that first became popular a few years ago. But since its release, some parents have expressed concerns.

Here’s some information for parents on what it is, and what to do if you have concerns.

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What is it?

  • Kick the Buddy is an app available on Apple App store and Google Play.
  • The makers of the game say it’s a way to relieve stress.
  • Players use weapons on a puppet-like figure until the cartoon faints, explodes or dies.
  • The PEGI age restriction for Kick the Buddy is seven and up, due to “non-realistic violence”.

Why are some parents concerned?

Every parent needs to make their own decision about what is appropriate for their child. Some parents have expressed concerns about this particular game.

  • Hidden costs. Kick the Buddy is free with a 3-day trial. It then offers subscriptions and in-app purchases which range from £1.09 to £83.99. These include removing adverts and buying ‘gold’ to spend in the app.
  • Depictions of violence. Parents have expressed that the game might be too violent for their child. Issues include the wide range of injury-inflicting implements which players can use. The Buddy flops around, shouting in pain and begging the player to stop.
  • Uploading photos. Extra features include the ability to put a photo of a friend or family member onto the Buddy’s body.

Talk to your child

If you have concerns about any games your child is playing, try having an open conversation about it.

It may also help to read our advice on tech and screen time:

We also have advice on active listening skills for parents. 

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