Should I let my kids play Pokemon Go?

Carly - posted on 07/18/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )




My daughter (14) and my son (11) both told me that they want to play Pokemon Go, the latest craze amongst kids, teens, and even young adults of all ages. I don't know much about it but I've been hearing quite a bit about this game on the news - that the gamers use their electronics to find Pokemon in the real world and that can lead to real life dangers like theft, injuries, death, gaming addiction, and even online predators trying to lure children into meeting them somewhere (I have no idea how it's possible or how that works!) because I've seen kids playing it and from what I's seen there's no chatrooms, messages, or anything where users can possibly socialize with each other. I know that this game is a game for all ages and it's about catching creatures. I googled the game up myself and it showed that one parent/babysitter has wrote that they met up with the same kid twice in some kind of method that players use to tell others where to catch more Pokemon and that boy wasn't scared to talk to them and seemed to have completely forgotten how dangerous talking to strangers can be. Again I have no idea how people alert others to meet in a specific location in the real world from this app. Should I allow my tween and teen to play?


Ev - posted on 07/19/2016




It is a parent's choice whether to allow the child or not to play this game. But you should set up rules for them to play it:
1) Go to only the places they are allowed to go.
2) Have someone be the designated person to walk along not playing to help keep watch out for the area they are in (just because it is normally safe does not mean someone won't try something but most likely it should be fine). Or go yourself as the parent to make sure they are safe at any age.
3) Allow a certain amount of time to do this game and hours or have a curfew. (There was a news report today that a couple kids were shot at in a town because the town owner thought they were breaking in the house and it turned out they were playing Pokeman Go.).
4)Make sure that rules are in place for their other activities to be done first such as homework, chores, sports, and other things you do normally as a family before this game is to be played.
5) Make sure they understand that certain places like private church parking lots, private home/property, and other posted areas are most likely off limits to being used for the game no matter if a Pokemon is there or not.
6) Make sure they respect other people when out and about and paying attention to what they are doing or where they are going. A few national historic and even special museums have had to post notices or go on line and do so telling the public that it is not their intent to become a place to play the game as it is there for a purpose. Such as the Holocaust Museum in DC, other museums, and other places. Check to make sure that it is okay for them to play.

On the other hand, I am not a big proponent of this game.


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Etta - posted on 07/21/2016




As it is with all electronics there are advantages and disadvantages and dangers. I agree that their should be guidelines and some accountability. It should be a privilege, not a right to play in their free time. They need to be aware of their surroundings and remember it is a "game." Weigh out the positives and the negatives and then decide if it is the best thing for them. The game is not the problem, but if a person cannot act responsibly there-in lies the problem.

Dove - posted on 07/19/2016




I would think that as long as they are in a group and stick to areas that they are allowed to be in anyway (or are accompanied by an adult) it should be OK.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/19/2016




If you want to find out about it, look it up!

My eldest (22) plays it. He gets great exercise, and is having fun in his "down" time.

Yes, kids have been attacked, etc. That means that they were NOT paying attention to their surroundings (in Chicago, there are certain areas that are NOT safe, no matter what). One twit even got herself run over by a moving vehicle, because SHE ran into a busy road without paying attention.

So, like I said, if you want to know about it, look it up. I'm going to encourage my younger son to look into it, simply for the physical activity. It doesn't work if you're driving, only if you're walking, so that you can "catch" the movement.

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