Pokémon GO or Pokémon NO?

Published Jul 29, 2016 | Updated Oct 28, 2019

Even if you are not a 10 year old boy, you have probably heard all about the new Pokémon GO app that is taking the world by storm! However, is it safe to let your kids catch em all...?

Even if you are not a “gamer”, or a 10 year old boy, you have probably heard all about the new Pokémon Go app that is taking the world by storm! Just for a little background, Pokémon GO is a new augmented reality game that actually forces users to get up off the couch and go outside to catch em all. Sounds like a parents dream, right?

Although this game does promote physical activity there are many dangers that obviously come along with letting your children wander the street with their face glued to their smartphones. So, should you let your kid play Pokémon GO? We will present both sides of the story below!

Pokémon NO:

There are a few notable drawbacks to allowing your kid to have free reign on Pokémon GO. Besides accidental overcharges on your data plan some serious drawbacks include:

  • Physical injury

  • Trespassing

  • Stranger Danger

  • Identity theft

  • Addiction

Although these are all pretty general issues, blanketing across all possible problems, they nonetheless are still legitimate concerns that parents should take into consideration. The biggest concern we think parents should have for their children is stranger danger. It is therefore very important to make it clear to your child that they are never to follow anyone without your permission (even if that person promises to show them some super cool rare Pokémon like Ditto)

Times are changing, so it actually may be more relevant now to teach your kids not to follow strangers to find Pokémon, instead of teaching them not to take candy from strangers.

What a world we live in…

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Pokémon GO:

On the other hand, if you set proper restrictions and boundaries for your children, playing Pokémon GO may be a totally safe and a super fun way of entertaining them during the dog days of summer. With that in mind, some benefits of Pokémon Go include:

  • Exercise and physical activity

  • Getting your kids to enjoy the outdoors

  • Vitamin D

  • Revving up their appreciation for adventure and exploration

  • Guaranteed way of entertaining the wee ones.

After all, even if your are not a gamer, it is pretty sweet that Pokémon GO forces people to go outside to have fun.

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Bottom Line:  

At the end of the day it still comes down to the parents making the final decision about whether or not they should let their kid play Pokémon GO! Age, maturity, and the safety of the surrounding environment should all also be taken into account when making this decision.

Pokémon GO, or Pokémon NO?

The choice is up to you.

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