Pokémon Go

A smartphone game featuring the infamous 90s characters that allows users to interact with the real world using the phone’s camera and GPS capabilities.

What is Pokémon Go?

A smartphone game featuring the infamous 90s characters that allows users to interact with the real world using the phone’s camera and GPS capabilities. Using augmented technology, the game allows players to catch Pokémon in real life. Players will see a map of their current location, superimposed with their character and all of the game elements.

Different types of ‘wild’ Pokémon will appear and users travel around the real world catching them. On Level 5 players can unleash their Pokémon on ‘gyms’ normally located at real-life local places of interest – to do battle with other people’s Pokémon.

Pokémon Characters
Pokémon (pocket monsters) are creatures of all shapes and sizes with varying powers and abilities. Players, or ‘Pokémon trainers’, capture Pokémon using a sphere called a Poké Ball and train them to battle other Pokémon for sport.
Is there an age limit for players?
You have to be 13 or over to download the app, according to the app’s terms and conditions.
Concerns for parents
  • The general lack of awareness players have for the world around them can lead to accidents.
  • You need a Google account to play the game.
  • A malicious version of the Android app gives attackers full control over the victim’s phone.
  • Once your child starts playing, they probably won’t want to stop. Parents who have concerns over screen time beware!

Pokémon Guide for Parents

Tips and advice for keeping children safe on Pokémon Go
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