Common Sense Media says

Meaningful life lessons amid barrage of marketing hype.

Age(i)

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Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Good guys win. Teamwork works. "Know your opponent, know yourself and you will be unstoppable."

Violence & scariness

Some battles with explosions, fire, and light flashes -- but nothing graphic. Robberies and such happen, but police show up and bad guys always get defeated.

Sexy stuff

Some mild suggestions of romantic interest between boy and girl characters, but nothing else.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The site is all about Pokemon products and events -- cards, competitons, games, movies, shows. While content on the site itself is "free," players earn tokens by playing the games that they can "spend" on the site to buy stuff for their avatar. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids' names and birthdates are required for registration process, but not shown on their profile.

Parents have to create an account for the child to register, and they must give approval for the child to have an account.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this action-packed game, news, and video site has some good lessons in betwen all they hype. You can make your own Trainer avatar and play games, learn about in-person organized Pokemon game activities in your area, watch the Pokemon TV series, and learn about new video games and movies.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Clear simple games, seasons' worth of Pokemon shows and tons of information on the hundreds of Pokemon characters create a one-stop shop for all things Pokemon. If kids can tune out the sales pitch and get through the
marketing hubbub, they may actually learn from the organization and
negotiation skills that Pokemon play requires. Even better, they can get info on in-person events to meet more Pokemon fans in their area.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the amazing marketing machine Pokemon creators have built. How much

  • money and time do you consider worthwhile to spend on Pokemon cards,

  • video games, movies, and toys? Do you think you can still have fun with

  • Pokemon without buying everything targeted at you? Read Kids' Social Sites and the Buying Bug.

  • Families can talk about getting involved locally with other kids at local Pokemon events.

Website details

Genre:Fan Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 11 years old Written byelisevdw July 13, 2010
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

pokemon is the best

love it: good!!!!!!

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Kid, 9 years old March 11, 2011
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
Kid, 8 years old August 23, 2010
AGE
4
QUALITY
 

Nothing wrong with this site

The show gives positive messages. Worried parents might think that when one of the monsters defeat each other, they are dead. But they are just knocked out for a little while, that's all.

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages

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