Pokemon

 
Meaningful life lessons amid barrage of marketing hype.

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.

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, 8 years old August 23, 2010
age 4+
 

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
Parent of a 8 year old Written byallpex May 18, 2011
age 5+
 

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Kid, 11 years old May 3, 2014
age 10+
 

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. You can go on Pokemon TV to watch exclusive Pokemon videos, play mini-games to earn Pokedollars to edit your trainer in the Pokemon Fun Zone, go on the National Pokedex, lots of stuff! You can Create your own trainer and send messages to people, pick your Pokemon team, and play with people on the PKMN TCGO! There is consumerism because it shows adds for Pokemon stuff. Pokemon TV has the violence and the good messages. The swearing is on the Fun Zone because friend trainers can send each other messages, and they might swear. Safety is because trainers can play against each other in the PKMN TCGO, and send each other messages in the Fun Zone. They could send positive messages, so I guess that could be good messages too! I didn't mark it as too much sexy stuff, 'cause the highest would be just kissing.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
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