Pokémon

Website review by
Dana Villamagna, Common Sense Media
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Meaningful life lessons amid barrage of marketing hype.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

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
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

What 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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 8 year old Written byallpex May 18, 2011
Adult Written byknucklesechidna5. July 20, 2015

i love this show

it's great and better than the games tbh.
Kid, 11 years old May 3, 2014

Pokemon.com is Awesome

My Common Sense name is Epic Waffles. Attention people that signed up for the Pokemon Fun Zone on Pokemon.com! My username is PikachuKirby I love Pokemon.com....
Kid, 8 years old August 23, 2010

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...

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love games

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