Pokémon Go has become a global phenomenon in less time than it takes to get your kids to soccer practice. In two weeks, it has been installed on nearly 6% of all US based Android smart devices and has surpassed the usage of Netflix and Twitter, according to Fortune.
As parents, we love the thought of a game that gets our kids up off their butts and has them exploring the neighborhood, nature, and the community at large. But there’s another member of your family that would love to spend time outdoors too. Your dog! In the game, you have to incubate your eggs by walking. We all know your dog would love to go on more walks.
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But before your kids run out of the house with your dog in tow, it’s important to discuss safety while playing Pokémon Go. For all the positive attributes of this game, there are negatives. Players have broken bones, walked into traffic, wrecked their cars, and been robbed. So it’s important to have a conversation with your kids about how to stay SAFE, while playing Pokémon Go by themselves or with the family dog.
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Is your family playing Pokemon Go? My son is and is having a great time with his friends! We live in a small town, but we still have quite a few Pokestops. He and his friends walked so far to “hatch” the eggs, his legs were hurting for days. I love that part of the app. They have to walk to hatch eggs, it knows if you are driving/riding in a car.
There is so much negative coverage about the most popular app in history- but kids and players just need to use common sense. I told my son, if you wouldn’t normally walk on that person’s lawn or go down that driveway, don’t do it to catch a Pokemon. And I always make him go with a friend- sometimes you need your buddy to watch out for you in case you wander into the road while catching a Pokemon.
How about you? Do you let your kids play? Let us know in the comments below!