“Should I let my 5-year-old child play Pokémon Go?”

Share this article with other moms

Is Pokémon Go safe for kids?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you’ve probably heard about Pokémon GO. Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s hard not to understand the game’s appeal. Mix 90s nostalgia with augmented reality gameplay and you’ve got yourself an instant hit.

One curious ParentTown user asked anonymously about its suitability for a young child:

parenttown pokemon

Pokémon Go is geared towards adults and teenagers, but that doesn’t mean that young kids can’t play it too. However, it’s important that you and your child are aware of the game’s dangers.

Supervise young children at all times.

For a child as young as 5, going out alone to play the game is obviously unsafe, so make sure that you’re with your child at all times. “As long as you are around when he is walking around catching Pokémon, it is safe!” wrote Idza B. “It’s a very fun and educational game. A lot of math, strategy, and creativity is needed to successfully play the game.”

You can walk around with your child and ask them to “throw” the Pokéballs for you. Be warned: pretty soon, you’ll probably be hooked on the game yourself!

How about older children? Click to the next page to read what parents should be aware of.

Kids product reviews Game Reviews