I know, I know. Some people are so sick of hearing Pokémon Go. And some people are all, I gotta catch ALL the Pokémon. I’m somewhere in between. Like everything that’s a fad or new, your mileage may vary. I don’t live, breathe, and die Pokémon, but I do enjoy playing with my kids. Here are 5 reasons why.
We Play Together
There are tons of games I could play with my children. Board games, outdoor games, games I don’t have to rely on my phone for. However, usually I’m a “no” type of mom to social media with my children. They have no Snapchat, no Instagram, no Facebook accounts. So when I said, “yes,” to Pokémon Go, they were thrilled. And since I’m the only one with a phone, they have to use my device. So I know when they are on it, and what they are doing. I have to be with them. It also allows me to be off social media. If they’re on my phone, I can’t be on it, and sometimes that’s a good thing.
Perhaps a lame excuse for exercise, but I’ll take it. Sure you can catch Pokémon from the comforts of your own couch, but a lot of kids are walking around the neighborhoods, to the parks, to a nearby church. They’re outside! My husband went to a reunion in his small hometown last week and said his nephews opted to walk to a nearby restaurant instead of driving so they could catch Pokémon. That’s a win in my book!
Something to Talk About
When my husband is interested in something I’m interested, I feel valued, even though it may not be his favorite. Well now my children and I have something new on the list to high-five each other about! Yes! We leveled up! Aww, we caught Squirtle. They explain the game to me, and I listen. I want to know what they’re excited about, and they’re excited to share their excitement with me. I can apply this same thought process to anything my children are interested in, but they are happy to be part of something “cool” going on now.
Discover New Places
As my children find PokeStops and Gyms on the map, they want to visit new locations around town. So we make plans to visit them! We add it to our summer list, and those are new activities we can do without breaking the bank. There are parks in the area I didn’t know existed. Businesses and churches can sign up to be PokeStops, so also be aware that on the flip side, some undesirables can register to be PokeStops. Please be aware of your surroundings and make smart choices.
It’s silly, ridiculous fun. I don’t take it too seriously. When I was a kid, I loved playing Super Mario Brothers on my Nintendo. I currently love playing Just Dance on the Wii. Different strokes for different folks.
Are there safety risks? Sure. Just like there is with everything. When you become so engrossed in anything you run risks. I don’t recommend becoming engrossed with the game you’re willing to walk into traffic or the ocean to catch a Pikachu (even though he’s so cool!). There are reports of car accidents, setting lures for victims and subsequent robberies, people falling off cliffs. There is absolutely no reason for these tragedies. Pay attention. Here’s a video by the City of Miami Police Department that describes the risks well.
Pokémon Go was recently released in the U.S. and as you have probably heard, it is a game you can play on your phone. We have received numerous questions about this augmented reality game app and the dangers associated with children playing it. As a result we decided to review it as part of our Social Media 101 for Parents episodes. Remember this is a game not a social media platform so watch the video where we explain how it works and our opinion on possible dangers. Please share the video with your friends and family.Watch our other videos in the Social Media 101 Series. This one explains the dangers of Snapchat https://www.facebook.com/CityofMiamiPoliceDepartment/videos/1098302166926992/
Posted by Miami Police Department on Wednesday, July 13, 2016
In the meantime, my family and I will be trying to catch some more Pokémon. Maybe just not all of them.