How To: Block Pokemon Go

Popular mobile phone game Pokemon Go can be a colossal distraction in the classroom. Luckily, blocking the game through the Web Filter interface is a breeze.

In order to block Pokemon Go, you will need to categorize the sites that host its servers as local-block. The following instructions will guide you through this simple process:

1. Log in to Web Filter and navigate to Database -> Categorized Sites.

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2. Type “pgorelease.nianticlabs.com” into the search field and click Search.
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3. The following will show up. In this case, we have categorized the domain nianticlabs.com as a game domain, but have no categorization for the pgorelease.ninanticlabs.com subdomain. You will need to click on Categorize pgorelease.nianticlabs.com? under Results in order to categorize it under the local-blocked category.

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4. The following will pop up. Under Category select local-block (or any other category you use specifically for blocking student content.) The Comments field is optional (we chose to describe this as the Pokemon Go Server for future reference.) You also have the option to choose to Include Subdomains and Include URLs. Since we know that there is no educational content on this site, and since the site may add other subdomains as future servers, we chose to include both. Click Save.

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5. Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 for the following URLs. Remember to Deploy your changes once you’re done.

crittercism.com
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Note: If you already categorized pgorelease.nianticlabs.com as local-block and checked the Include Subdomains and Include URLs options, then nianticlabs.com will automatically also be categorized as local-block.

Note: By default, crittercism.com is currently categorized as local-allow. You will need to search for the site, and change its categorization.

  • a. Navigate to Database -> Categorized Sites and search for “crittercism.com”
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  • b. Click on crittercism.com in the search results. The following will pop up. Change the category from local-allow to local-block and click Save. (Checking the Include Subdomains and Include URLs categories is optional.)
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6. Once you are done, you will be able to navigate to Database -> Categorized Sites and see the sites within the local-block category (or any other category you assigned them to) once you search for them.

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