So my son is 14 years old and ever since he was small he has loved Pokemon in pretty much any capacity. He has began to play Pokemon Go Review on his mobile device and I have already pro’s and con’s to having the game. I would love to see exactly what you think as a parent.
First thoughts on Pokemon Go
Jake my son arrived home eager waiting to play Pokemon Go for the first time. After making sure he had enough charge and setting up his account correctly, he had already planned what he wanted to do first.
For the record Jake rarely leaves the house. I do try to encourage him getting out and about but he can often be consumed by things he likes at home or in the garden. Anyway, I was shocked when he said “Dad I want to go for a really long walk”. I nearly fell of my seat to be honest.
Outsides a good thing right!
Jake explained to me that Pokemon Go required him to be outside so he could capture Pokemon both rare and not so rare.
My son had already planned a number of places he would like to visit as soon as possible. He has even said he wants to get out of the house more. I thought “Right, let’s start right now”.
We immediately headed out to my vehicle expecting to set straight off. Oh no, Jake spent 10 minutes walking up and down the street looking at his phone trying to catch a nearby Pokemon character. Although this was really nice to see, I did become concerned when he almost walked into a neighbours garden.
We set off to the park and began to walk to the large lake area. Apparently you can catch water type pokemon there. What began to concern me again was the sheer amount of concentration Jake required to catch the Pokemon especially close by to the water. I began to think, what if I wasn’t here to keep a watchful out out? I dread to think what could have happened, though as a parent I suppose we always think the worst, well so I thought.
After our walk we headed to Starbucks because thats our thing. I like to take Jake there to sit down and have a chat with him. Me and his mother are separated and It’s nice to just catch up and address any concerns he may have.
I went to the petrol station to top up on fuel. Low and behold who exited the vehicle? That is right Jake did. Standing on the forecourt with his mobile phone trying to catch another Pokemon. I told him to get in the car because firstly mobile phones are not allowed on petrol station forecourts and it’s also kind of dangerous.
We drove to Starbucks next and once again I parked up. Normally we head straight towards the door. The car park was full because it was the evening and people use it as an exit for the petrol station. I walked towards the door and where was my son. That’s right walking in the middle of the car park not concentrating at all on his surroundings. A vehicle which came around the corner stopped and the driver shook his head. I told Jake that he had to come inside and play the game.
After my first experience of Pokemon Go which has a great concept. All I will say is please be careful where you actually walk. This isn’t going to be bespoke to just my son. Most kids who get excited to play the game will also be unaware of their surroundings, maybe even some adults too.
I am in no way against the game because it’s free and so many people like it.
All I am trying to say really is take care when you’re playing it outside.