What do I need to know about Pokémon GO?

We've spoken to parents to find out what they think about Pokémon GO. We've also asked children and young people what they think. Here's what they said:

Children’s views

What do children and young people dislike about it?

20% of the children and young people who reviewed Pokémon Go thought it was unsafe. The main things they told us they don’t like about Pokémon Go were:

  • Sometimes during the game people are able to see your location
  • You have to be connected to the internet for it to work
  • The risks of walking around places you may not know

What do children and young people like about it?

The main things that children and young people told us they like about Pokémon Go were:

  • Exploring outside and getting out of the house
  • It’s fun to play with friends and family

Is content on Pokémon GO suitable for children and young people?

We asked parents and young people about the types of inappropriate content they’ve seen on Pokémon GO. The level of risk is based on the % of respondents who reported seeing these types of content. The ratings are: Low Risk (less than 5% of respondents); Medium Risk (between 5 and 25%); and High Risk (over 25%, or more than one in four).


Low Risk

Violence & hatred

Low Risk


Low Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Low Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Low Risk

What are people saying about
Pokémon GO?

Girl, 12

“It's fun to play by yourself and with others, and you get outside more.”

Girl, 12

“I like how you have to go look for them but it could lead you to somewhere you have never been before.”

Boy, 12

“You can go to real life places to catch Pokemon.”


“It’s a great fun way to get people outside and exploring their local area. But I would put firm ground rules in place. Also make your children fully aware not to enter strange places, as the game can encourage children to stray in search of Pokemons.” – Father of 6, 10 and 12 yr olds


“Do it with them. Pokemon go is an individual game but you have to physically go to locations which other people can see. It works in the real world so takes you to locations where other users will be.” – Mother of 5, 10 and 12 yr olds


“I would say it is completely safe. There is no way to communicate with others using the game. There is no way you can see inappropriate images. The only risk is raids where people gather and I would always recommend going with your child.” – Mother of a 9 yr old

Pokémon GO

"Catch Pokémon in the Real World with Pokémon GO!"

O2 Guru's Top Tip for Pokémon GO

O2 Guru Rosa says:

“For tips and advice for keeping children safe on Pokémon Go check out our handy Parent Guide here.”

Our O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline can help you to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks. You can call us free on 0808 800 5002.

For face to face advice and support, you can also book a free in-store appointment with an O2 Guru here (even if you’re not with O2).


What's the right age for Pokémon GO?


Pokémon GO says

This is taken from Pokémon Go’s own guidelines and is accurate as of March 2018.


Our panel of parents say

Based on our independent panel of 2,049 parents, surveyed through YouGov in January 2018.


Children say

Based on 2,059 responses from children and young people in November and December 2017.


Net Aware visitors say

Based on 507 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site – you can vote too.

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Start a conversation with your child
about Pokémon GO

Having open, regular conversations with your child will enable you to really understand and explore the online world together, helping you to keep them safe online. Our tips and advice can help you start having these conversations.

I know the internet is a great place – I’m happy for you to use it. I just want you to be OK.

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