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Splatoon is a series of games set in a world where Inklings and Octolings battle each other with paint. A player creates their own avatar (digital character) and defeats their opponents by using weapons such as ink guns to cover as much area as possible with ink. Splatoon is available for Nintendo consoles such as Nintendo Switch. Although it’s a shooter game, the violence is not realistic so it’s suitable for younger children.

Someone can play Splatoon alone or with other players (who they may or may not know personally). They can pay a monthly fee to play online with other players and to access voice chat (which is for players aged at least 13 who have the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app).

On the Nintendo Switch console, a player can decide who can see their online status which allows friends to join them in online play. It is possible in some games to play privately with friends.

Splatoon is only available on Nintendo consoles, which have parental controls. Parents also have the option of using the parental controls app for Nintendo Switch called Nintendo Switch Parental Controls, which allows parents to monitor what their children are doing online. They can also create a Nintendo ‘Family Group’ to supervise their child’s Nintendo Account including preventing purchases.

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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