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How to Teach Your Children to Safely Play Pokemon GO

Pokémon Go has definitely taken the world by storm, and the augmented reality gaming app has done the impossible and got kids off the sofa and outside playing.

This is a wonderful sight to see for parents, since the app has done what they may have believed impossible.

Pokémon Go launched July 6 of this year, and after only a few months, the app has been downloaded more than 100 million times. The augmented reality app that combines virtual play with reality is played in 30 countries. With a lot of the apps users over the age of 18.

Your children may be embarking on a whole new journey around your community, and even beyond it. So how do you keep your kids safe from the potential Pokémon Go dangers?

With kids unplugged from their gaming consoles, it is harder to check-in on them to ensure they are safe. And Pokémon Go on their smartphones is a call to action for those golden safety rules.

 

How to Teach Children to Safely Play Pokemon GO

As a parent, how do you keep your kids safe while playing Pokémon Go?

One great strategy is to open those lines of communication. And don’t shy away from using this trending app as a way to have a more meaningful conversation with your kids about safety.

From “stranger danger” to making the app a family affair, you should be ready to put your Pokémon parenting caps on.

 

1. “Stranger Danger” is a Pokémon Go Safety Issue for Kids

Pokémon Go has unleashed great qualities in your kids, pulling them off the sofa and into the great outdoors. Now they are running, playing, and exercising more than just those gaming thumbs.

Unfortunately, Pokémon hunting grounds have also become hunting grounds for child predators using the app to lure children into bad situations.

It is important to talk with your kids and have the old “stranger danger” discussion. Even if you have already had the discussion, why not do it again? You can place more importance on staying safe while hunting for Pokémon characters, and interacting with stranger sin general.

 

2. Set Safe Pokémon Go Borders for Your Kids

Setting boundaries for children is most certainly nothing new, and part of the parenting job. However, setting Pokémon boundaries has become an essential element to keeping your kids safe while playing Pokémon Go.

Establish Pokémon character hunting grounds with your kids that are safe. Choosing parks, areas close to home, and well lit areas clear of traffic.

The next Pokémon hunt may lead your kid across a busy street. It is very easy for your them to become too into the virtual play and less in reality. Setting clear boundaries that are safe is a Pokémon parenting “Go” that is easy to employ.

You can even go on a hunt with your kids and show them the borders.

Pokemon GO Image

3. Make the Next Pokémon Go Hunt a Family Affair

Connecting with your kids becomes increasingly more challenging, especially once they hit a certain age. Pokémon Go can be your way to build a meaningful dialogue, and you may learn a little more about your child than before.

If you haven’t already downloaded and played Pokémon Go, this should be your first step in making your kids Pokémon Go experience the safest.

As a parent you will need firsthand knowledge of what your child is interested in. You can identify other potential dangers while you hunt for Poke characters as well. You may even find yourself a new hobby in the process.

 

4. Put a Time Limit on Pokémon Go Hunts

If your kid had trouble getting home before curfew in the past, Pokémon Go will bring about some new parenting challenges. It is important to set time limits when your kids are on a Pokémon Go journey.

This will give them the guidelines they need, knowing when and where to check-in with you and let them know they are still in one piece. It will also allow you to check their smartphone’s charge.

This has been a growing problem for people playing the app. They simply lose track of time on their Pokémon Go missions.

Pokemon GO Hunting

5. Don’t Pokémon Go and Drive, or Bike!

Your kids may not be old enough to operate a car, however, they may be biking their way into Pokémon danger. Speeding around on their scooters while hunting for Pokémon characters is also not recommended.

Reports of kids walking into parked cars are common, and two grown adults even fell off a cliff while playing the app. So a “no Pokémon biking” policy should be in effect.

It is essential to discuss with your child and remind him or her about the potential danger of biking while playing Pokémon Go. Even though the new app takes users on a virtual journey through reality, it is important for them to check their surroundings every now and then.

 

Summary

Using Pokémon Go to create a more powerful connection with your children is a great parenting strategy.

You can employ this new trending app that has launched your kid from the sofa to the streets to your advantage as well.

It is most certainly a wonderful way to open up communication and discuss those golden safety rules, whether your kids are playing Pokémon Go or simply hanging out at the mall.

Amy Williams is a freelance journalist based in Southern California and mother of two. As a parent, she enjoys spreading the word on positive parenting techniques in the digital age and raising awareness on issues like cyber-bullying and online safety.

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