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Pokemon Go introduces parental control to improve children’s privacy

To protect children online Pokemon Go has introduced a parental control option. Using the new feature parents can keep a close eye on their children’s account. Parents will have a special portal where once they are logged in they can manage their child’s privacy settings and limit the personal information they share. Parents can review and approve permissions before they start playing the game

Given the popularity of Pokemon Go it is surprising that it took them this long to have better privacy settings. Better late than never.

Things parents should know about Pokemon Go

  1. Privacy issues have been found in this game, it is best to keep updating to the latest version
  2. Your child’s location and information are tracked and stored.
  3. Personal information such as name, age, and email address is collected
  4. If your child is below 13 years old you must confirm their account.

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Things to discuss with your child before playing Pokemon Go:

Road safety – Discuss about road safety with your child. It is easy to keep looking down at the screen and not watching where you are going while playing this game

Other people’s privacy – Ensure your child know not to enter someone else’s house or compound and to respects the neighbourhood in which they are playing

Your own privacy – Create a separate email account for video games and keep them secure. Do not sign up to any games using social media accounts.

Screen management – Even though Pokemon is an outdoor activity it still does include screen time. Talk with your child about balancing screen time and set limit  to how long they can spend on the game. 

Safety – Talk to your kids about being aware of their surroundings. Let them know that they should not go to places they are not familiar with especially not alone.

Common Sense Media have reviewed Pokemon Go to be appropriate for kids aged 13 and above. The new parental settings is aimed to enable younger children to play this game. If possible avoid any activities that includes screen time. Encourage children to play outdoors screen free. 

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