If you are like me and it feels like all you’ve heard anyone talk about in the last few days is Pokémon Go, you are not alone. Pods of tweens and teens can be found all over town and cities glued to their phones, and a lot of adults to be honest, frantically swiping up on their phone to catch the elusive Pokémon. If you have a little one that is expressing interest in playing the game or already has downloaded it on your phone, there are a few things every mom should know to make sure that they are safe, and not racking up the largest phone bill you’ve seen.
It’s super fun! Straight out of the gates and all logistical things aside, Pokémon GO is super fun. As a parent, you’ll feel nostalgic playing with your mini me, and for the younger kids, it will open them up to a very cool virtual world full of bright colored characters and exciting adventures.
Kids will go outside and walk again! Yes, in order to find these fun creatures and items for your personal game, you have to walk around different areas. Kids who may normally become couch zombies all summer, are now forced to get up and move! Yes, it is screen time, but it’s also “fit” time.
FREE! Unlike console games, the app is completely free to download. Though of course there are in-app purchases available, youc an make sure you have yours or their phone set up to DISABLE in-app purchases.
You can game with them, if you were a kid when the first Pokémon games came out, you’ll likely be as obsessed with this game as your mini is. You can go for walks to catch creatures together or take a family Pokémon road trip to a “Pokémon gym” to battle your highest-level finds. It’s fun for the modern family!
It’s a fun way to make friends. Chances are, if you take your kid to the park anything soon, there will be a huddled group of other children around staring at their phones. This is a cool way for your kid to make friends their age with obvious gaming interests, and for you to meet other moms of children consumed with the game too.
It tracks your GPS, uh oh! The game is connected with GoogleMaps so that you can locate Pokémon in real time and real places, your child’s or you phone’s location will be activated.
It lease to distracted walking/running/driving. If your child is our on her bike or skateboard or walking around with friends trying to catch Pokémon, due to the nature of the game, their eyes will be glued to the screen in their hand. This makes for distracted kids walking across roads, riding bikes with one hand, or running looking down. Remind your child to always be aware of their surroundings and to stop before looking down at their phones. Leading these children beyond the boundaries parent’s have set for them within their neighborhoods is another Con.
It uses a TON of data. Because you can’t always be sitting at home next to the WIFI, the app does use a lot of data, which is something to be aware of especially if your child has their own phone. Some lucky parents may have unlimited data, but if you’re on a limit, your kid is about to eat up a fair amount of it.