If you’ve not seen the news lately, Pokémon GO is taking the world by storm, with almost 8 million users in it’s first week. Pokémon GO hit my radar after seeing a headline about a teen finding a dead body. I read the article, but still didn’t have a grasp of what the game was, and had never even heard of Ingress — apparently I’ve been embracing the ‘no’ part of Techno for too long. I found another article that explained Pokémon GO, and I was interested, thinking this could be fun to do with my son.
I set up an account last Friday night, was drawn in by catching Pokémon in my own home, I’m a sucker for things like that. The next morning, the family loaded into the car to run weekend errands, and with my husband driving, I opened the Pokémon GO app and began to play. Since I’d already caught the Pokémon around our house, I was on the lookout as we cruised down the country road. To both my and my son’s surprise, we found a Pokémon in the car with use, hopping up and down on my husband’s leg as he was driving. D squealed in delight, and my husband just gave me the look — he’s not amused by the game, especially when it makes a 4-year-old scream in the car while he’s behind the wheel. Anyway, I ignored the look and got back to playing with my little guy.
I had to drop books off at the library, which happened to be a Pokéstop. I collected more balls to trap Pokémon and we continued on our way. Unsurprisingly, each of our stops had Pokémon and Pokéstops, and my son and I lagged along behind my husband as we fueled-up and trapped critters. My little guy was obsessed! First thing Sunday morning, we headed out on a walk to a Pokéstop near us — a beautiful day for a walk! We got more balls and headed back (the little guy was tired from the walk), passing a father and two sons on bikes, smartphone attached to the handlebars, blaring the unmistakable music of the Pokémon GO app; we nodded to each other in solidarity as we passed.
By Monday, a slew of news headlines had announced everything from injuries to robberies while people were using the app, so I decided to put together some guidelines for safe Pokémon GO gameplay for Net Nanny.
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