Niantic Kids is a new way for children to log into Pokémon GO. The platform affords parents control over personal data.
As a parent Pokémon GO has been a great way for me and my children to bond. We look forward to Community Days or just heading out for a couple of hours on raids. It’s a great motivator to get them out of the house, to exercise, explore the local area and feel a part of something bigger.
My kids are too young to head out playing on their own. But it won’t be long before my eldest girl is pushing for that freedom.
The appeal of Pokémon GO to kids is undeniable and Niantic have recognised that there’s a need to protect younger players privacy.
In a statement Niantic writes:
“Parents can register with Niantic Kids to manage their child’s privacy via the parent portal. Niantic Kids helps you review and approve your child’s permissions before they can play and provides options to control the personal information shared in Pokémon GO. The experience has been developed in conjunction with SuperAwesome’s Kids Web Services, a kidSAFE Seal Program and ESRB Privacy Certified service. Niantic Kids gives you peace of mind that your child’s information remains secure while they have fun playing!”
One would assume that the platform will be equally necessary when they launch their next big AR game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.