With millions of people taking part in the Pokemon Go phenomenon, and the game being especially popular among teenagers, it’s likely your own teens have already downloaded the game and started collecting Pokemon. Playing Pokemon Go can actually be great for teenagers since it encourages them to spend time outside, get exercise, and socialize in healthy ways. There are, however, a few safety tips to keep in mind:
Set Boundaries Regarding Where They Are Allowed to Play
If a teen isn’t allowed to wander into a sketchy part of town, go to the park at night, or enter an abandoned building during normal life, they shouldn’t be allowed to do any of these things while playing Pokemon Go either. Teens often respond best to clear, specific boundaries so it may be helpful to sit them down and discuss exactly where they are allowed to play and under what circumstances.
Encourage Them to Play with Friends
One of the best things about Pokemon Go is that it is a social game, with players joining local teams and working together. In addition to being more fun, playing with friends will keep your teens safer since they won’t be wandering around the neighborhood alone. Talk to your teen’s friends too, and remind them that if someone at a Pokemon stop seems suspicious or gives them a bad feeling, that they should come home instead of interacting further or following them anywhere.
Emphasize that Playing While Biking or Driving is NOT Allowed
Believe it or not, some Pokemon Go players have attempted to catch Pokemon while riding bikes or even driving cars. This is just asking for a dangerous, possibly life-threatening accident to happen. Emphasize that being distracted while riding a bike or driving a car is never okay, and that they are to keep their phones put away while biking or driving.
As you can see, it is possible to let your teens enjoy Pokemon Go without sacrificing their safety. For more helpful tips, be sure to keep checking our blog.