Come learn about the craze and play Pokémon GO with kids.Unless you’ve been living off the grid, you’ve likely heard of the new smartphone game called Pokémon GO. It is an adventure game of real world meets virtual or augmented world that has you catch Pokémon as you get out and explore your town or other surroundings. It is free to download and play, although it does come with some in-app purchase options. This post is not intended to teach you how to play Pokémon GO, but rather as a guide for parents to play this game along with their children who don’t have phones. You can find details about the game at the Pokémon GO website or just search the web for how to play. Get out and play Pokémon GO with kids!My daughter heard about Pokémon GO from her brothers and has been asking to play. Once I learned that this game requires you to get out and moving, I was all for it. I thought it would be a great way to do an activity that she likes together and to get some exercise along the way. I reminded me of GeoCaching, which we did as a family when the boys were younger. Since my daughter doesn’t have a phone, we play together on my smartphone. Here are some tips and advice for playing Pokémon GO with your family.
Play Pokémon GO with Kids
Safety First – There have been all sorts of stories online of people getting injured or encountering trouble while playing Pokémon GO. Teach your kids to play safely from the get go. Do not let them go off and play by themselves. Stay alert and always be mindful of your surroundings. Play with others that you know. Lures, Gyms and PokéStops are places where people could gather to play, potentially exposing you or your child to unwanted attention. Don’t walk around constantly looking at the phone. You can sit down to catch or battle Pokémon, so no need to stand in the middle of the street. Do not bike, skate or drive while playing Pokémon GO. You can gather Pokémon while a vehicle is in motion, but someone other than the driver should play.Username – This is a wildly popular app, so finding a username that isn’t taken is hard. Have some names in mind before you start playing. You might need to add some numbers to the end to get a name. Do not use your real name or anything that identifies you. Be aware that some people have usernames that are NOT family friendly.Control In-App Purchases – Adjust settings to control in-app purchases, otherwise you could spend a bundle! You can fully enjoy the game without making any purchases.Battery Hog – Pokémon GO eats up your battery quickly. To play it you have to have your GPS (location) enabled and your mobile data on. When you are playing in the bright sunlight the screen is hard to see, so you have to turn the brightness up. These settings will kill your battery life. There are a few things you can do to deal with this. First, you need to go into settings put a check next to battery saver. You can also turn on AR, which is augmented reality. Real life view is harder on your battery. We make sure my phone is fully charged before we head out and take a portable battery charger with us. Otherwise, our adventures are cut short!Busy Server – You might encounter busy servers as you play. We’ve found that it’s best to play in the morning. You know, when all those middle of the night trainers are sleeping.Catching Pokemon – Catching the Pokémon might be challenging for little hands. You might have to demonstrate how to throw the Pokeball a few times before your child gets the hang of it. A wild Zubat is especially difficult to catch.Comfort – This game can take a toll on your body. Besides the safety measures above, make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes, bring water, and wear sunscreen! A snack for your little one is a good idea too.As this game picks up steam, you will probably see more people out playing. They aren’t hard to spot. They are really intent on their phone. You can bet there is a Gym or PokéStop nearby when you see people gathered.Have you played Pokémon GO yet? Do you think you will start?
Come back next week for the next post in my Pokémon GO series.
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