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Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality mobile game, which means players can see and hear things virtually using the device they’re gaming on, as they move around in their real-life environment. The aim of the game is to use the GPS technology in their device to find, catch, battle and train Pokémon characters to create the strongest team.

It’s important for parents to note that this game encourages users to explore real-world locations in order to progress, which can present risk. PokéCoins are the game’s virtual currency and can be used to purchase premium items in the game.

The game can be played alone and elements of it (such as Raid Battles) can be played with others. There is not currently in-game chat functionality on Pokémon Go. However if players add someone to their ‘Friend List’ they can interact with them by sending virtual ‘Gifts’ for example. They can also use other apps for chatting, such as the Niantic Campfire app.

Pokémon Go does have parental controls features. If a player states that they are under the age of 13 when they sign-up for a Pokemon Trainer Club Account, they must share their parent’s email address. On receipt of an email from Pokémon Customer Service, parents can verify their child’s Pokémon Trainer Club account by signing up for their own account and linking it to their child’s. From here they can manage their child’s safety settings, for example they can make their child’s profile public or private, turn off the ‘Friend List’ feature so their child cannot connect with other players and turn off advertising content. Additional safety settings may be available on the gaming platforms being used to play Pokémon Go on.

Access parental controls
or safety settings here

Safety restrictions available

Harmful Content

Block or limit access to content that could be harmful to children e.g. videos that contain bad language or sexual, violent or discriminatory content.

In-game Purchasing

Disable option to buy extra content, goods or subscriptions when using apps e.g. buying TikTok Coins when using the social media app TikTok


Block a user’s ability to communicate privately with one person or a group of people e.g. send or receive direct messages

Time Limit

Decide when and for how long a user can access a piece of technology e.g. set a schedule on a broadband router so that internet access turns off after 8pm

Multi Player

Block a user's ability to play games with other players online