You don’t have to be a geek, a gamer or a young person to have heard about Pokémon GO. This smart-phone app has taken our society by storm with over 7.5 million downloads in the first week of issue. Like all fades, the game has been met with mixed reviews. While millions love it and applaud the exercise and socialization involved with playing the game, news reports of accidents and fatalities in some way connected to it have raised concerns. So, can you and your children or grandchildren safely participate in Pokémon GO?
The Good News
In a word, yes. Many people of all ages happily gather in their own neighborhoods in the evening and on weekends to hunt Pokémon. Moms of teenagers covet the time they now get to spend with kids who often don’t want to communicate with parents. Younger siblings have been sighted happily catching Pikachu while an older brother has to settle for Rattata. Dogs enjoy going on walks with their Pokémon-hunting humans. Socially isolated gamers have taken to the streets and have even been sighted speaking with other humans. What’s not to love?
A Word of Caution
Like most things in life, Pokémon GO does require a healthy dose of common sense and self-control. Playing requires individuals to keep a close eye on the phone or tablet they use. For this reason, you should never play while driving or cycling. If the temptation is too great while driving, keep your mobile device in the glove compartment until you arrive at your destination.
The best, most family-friendly Pokémon hunting happens in familiar locations during daylight hours. Many game stops can be found in neighborhoods or on downtown squares. If you want to go to a place you’ve never been before in order to catch Pokémon, do some research about the place first. Never go to a new location alone, and never hunt Pokémon alone at night.
Texting and walking can be dangerous, much like texting and driving. The same goes for playing Pokémon GO. Always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t play while crossing the street. Be careful to look out for other players and obstacles in your path. Download our Play Pokemon Go Safely guide, one of the many resources we offer through our SafeBET™ process. Then go get your Pokémon hunt on. Should you have an accident on the hunt, CONRAD INSURANCE | CONRAD FINANCIAL will be here to help.