I think it’s safe to say that the Pokémon Go craze has pretty much taken over our lives. Even if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, you’re at least very aware of, and possibly annoyed by, its existence. People from different generations and walks of life are all participating in this one collective experience. What makes the game so great is, for one thing, it is encouraging people to become more active. Whereas with most virtual reality games you have to remain stasis for long periods of time, in order to succeed at the game you actually have to physically go out into the world. The game mixes virtual reality and, well, reality in such a way that gamers from all walks of life are being compelled to, well, walk. Not only does it encourage an active lifestyle, but this is the first scenario where walking around with your face plastered to your phone will end up allowing you to interact with new people. It is so easy to meet and strike up a conversation with a fellow Pokémon Go player. We are all being drawn to the same locations and we all already have something very big in common.
Getting children (or adults) to be active is wonderful. However, there are some pitfalls.
The game is very addictive, which can take up quality family time. Another downfall is that children are walking with their eyes focused on phone and not paying attention to where they are in fact walking. There have already been reported accidents of people not paying attention and walking into traffic.
Stay safe by teaching children safety rules about Pokémon Go. Make rules based upon not only safety but what you feel is necessary for your child and your family. With just a little preparation, Pokemon Go can be a delight to each family member!