Finally, Parental Controls Are Coming To Pokemon GO

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Mums and dads have thanked Pokemon GO for getting their kids to explore the great outdoors — even if it means they’re taking their screens with them. Now, parents will be better able to manage their children’s privacy in the game.

Developer Niantic announced it will be adding a new login platform called Niantic Kids, which will debut in the next update. In the parent portal, built with digital safety organisation SuperAwesome, you can review and approve your child’s permissions before they roam out into the world and try to catch Spinda or Celebi, and also control the personal information they share.

If your kid currently uses the Pokemon Trainer Club to access Pokemon GO, their login will still be supported alongside Niantic Kids, a Niantic blog post assures.

Niantic Kids should be arriving soon. In the meantime, continue to talk to your young Pokemon GO trainers about how to stay safe while playing the game. Some tips:

  • Always be aware of hazards, including other pedestrians, traffic and obstacles.
  • As with any game or app, never play while driving a vehicle.
  • Obey all laws. Nope, you cannot enter your neighbours’ backyard or parks that are closed just because you see a Pokemon there.
  • Go out hunting in groups. There’s safety in numbers.
  • Play with your kids. It’s never too late to start — just look at these hardcore Pokemon GO-playing grandparents!

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