Pokemon Go – A Fun Distraction But Play Safe

I admit, I’ve been sucked into the Pokemon Go craze and I’m loving every minute of it. It’s a lot of fun and I love the community that it is building. Even in our small town I’ve noticed how much happier and friendlier people are when they are hunting Pokemon!

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Of course, one of the biggest benefits of Pokemon Go is that people are getting off their butts and moving!  Ok, sure, there are lots of people that are taking the easy way out by driving around to all the hot spots but even if you do that, at some point you need to get out of the car and go and chase down the good ones.

I’ve seen kids that hated anything outdoorsy and now they are out walking around and chasing Pokemon with their friends instead of sitting inside playing games on a console.  Ok, so it is still a computerized game.  But at least it involved some activity.

The cool thing is that the makers of Pokemon Go, Niantic, have said that the game is only about 10% developed and they have a ton of things that they plan on adding to it, including the ability to do personal battles with other Pokemon trainers, outside of the gyms.  I think this is a great option because then those who have lower HP/CP Pokemon can still do battles.

But there are some things that all Pokemon trainers, both young and old, should keep in mind. Unfortunately, there are those who just want to ruin everything by doing bad things.

Here’s a few things to remember:

  • If you have children playing Pokemon Go, remind them constantly to stay within their boundaries and keep these other safety tips in mind.  If they don’t follow your rules, they are obviously not mature enough to play by themselves.  You might have to take away their privileges and allow them to only play under your supervision. Sounds harsh, but it is better than the possible consequences.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.  You don’t have to keep your eyes on your phone the whole time. It will vibrate when a Pokemon pops up. Watch for roads, vehicles, other people, and even inanimate objects.  I’ve already seen a few people run into poles and parked cars!
  • Don’t trespass.  Home owners will not likely care (unless they are Pokemon trainers themselves, but you can’t know that!) what Pokemon you saw on their property.  People have already gotten in trouble for chasing Pokemon on other people’s property.
  • Pokemon trainers are generally pretty friendly but they don’t all have your best interests in mind. There have already been instance of people being lured (by lures!) into isolated areas. So far it has been for the purposes of robbing people but it could be so much worse.
  • Don’t drive and chase Pokemon.  If you absolutely have to chase Pokemon with your car, get a buddy to drive while you hold the phones or vice versa.  Remember that it is not just you on the road and you cause an accident you will be held accountable for it.  Chasing Pokemon and driving  is just as bad as texting and driving. Don’t do it.  

Check out this little social experiment by Joey Salads that has been making the rounds:

These crazy things are things that ACTUALLY happened in the first four days (language warning: NSFW):

 

 


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