Pokémon Go: Advice for Parents

Since its debut, Pokémon Go has garnered worldwide attention. News sources have been consistently reporting on both good and bad stories involving this app. As a parent, you may find yourself concerned about the dangers of Pokémon Go. To help keep your child safe, do the following:

  • Remind them to pay attention to where they are going. This is especially important when they are crossing the road and exploring unfamiliar territories, especially in residential areas, where players can be mistaken as trespassers.
  • Remind them to be aware of their surroundings and strangers. Discuss “stranger danger” tips with your child and tips for recognizing and evading dangerous situations.
  • Encourage the “buddy system.” Suggesting that your child play Pokémon Go with friends will increase both their safety and social well-being.
  • Ask them to check in with you. Consider setting up a system where your child updates you with his or her whereabouts periodically.