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this is too much! WEHN YOU BANNED I WAS MAD I DIDNT HARASS NO ONE. SOME ONE MADE ME GET ACCUSED FOR NOTHING! UNBAN ME PLEASE OR ITS 0 STARS!!! >:(
What's it about?
POKÉ AMINO FOR POKÉMON COMMUNITY is a popular sub-app of the social-networking Amino app, made for and by Pokémon fans. In it, members can chat and browse posts containing things like "best-of" lists, fan art, and Pokémon GO strategies. Members can create their own sites within the app, start their own blogs, and gain their own followers. Blogs are rated by other members, and those who receive enough "favorite" votes are featured on the app's front pages. Members earn a reputation rating based on their contributions to the app, and members can follow one another using the same process as Twitter or Facebook. Upon signing up, the terms of service make it very clear that nudity, sexual content, visual or verbal references to drugs and other substances, and discriminatory or harassing behaviors will not be tolerated and that members can be banned for engaging in them.
Is it any good?
This social network is well-made and gives members all they need to create and share fun content with one another, but the content itself is often not that great. Poké Amino for Pokémon Community makes it easy to skim through and favorite and bookmark thousands of member-generated posts. Members can easily follow (or block) one another and can create their own communities by downloading the (separate) Amino Creator & Manager. Though the developer monitors incoming content, community administrators are also expected to keep things friendly and PG-rated, which was generally true during the time of review. However, as with any app or website dependent on user-generated content, the quality of what's available varies widely. Since the release of Pokémon GO, this app has seen an upsurge in membership and a flood of new content, but it's time-consuming extracting the worthwhile stuff from all the junk. Beyond that, it's often difficult to find a chat room with anyone in it or to find one where members are actually discussing Pokémon. While not perfect and not for younger kids, this is a viable option for teens to geek out about their collections and further the social elements of the game they love.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about content sharing and online privacy in Poké Amino for Pokémon Community. Which kinds of things are appropriate to share online? Which aren't?
Discuss the importance of online etiquette. Why is it important to be nice when you talk to people online? How can you contribute to a positive online community?
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