Pokemon GO, just say NO!

I must have the only children on the planet not jumping on the Pokemon GO train. I could not be more thrilled after reading more into this “game” that they have no interest. Read why I am part of Team Just Say NO to Pokemon GO!

Pokemon Go

 

In 1996; Pokemon hit Nintendo game systems all over the world, it was a craze to say the least. Last week Pokemon GO hit the app store and billions have downloaded and played this game. Quickly becoming the top grossing app in the iPhone store just days after its release in Australia, New Zealand and the US.

 

How do you play? 

Pokémon Go is a free-to-play mobile app that you can download for iOS orAndroid. It’s free to download and start playing, but you have the option to use real money to buy in-game currency called PokéCoins. (Between $0.99 for 100 PokéCoins and up to $99.99 for 14,500.) Those PokéCoins are used to purchase Pokéballs, the in-game item you need to be able to catch Pokémon.

The game works by using your phone’s GPS for your real-world location and augmented reality to bring up those cool-looking Pokémon on your screen, overlaid on top of what you see in front of you. And the digital you; can be customized with clothing, a faction (or “team” of players you can join) and other options, and you level up as you play.
I am sure there is more to it than this, but these are the basics of the game.
Why don’t I like this new App craze? 
  • You can use it while driving! Seriously this is absurd to me. As long as you are going under 20 mph you can use the APP. I have a teen driver and the last thing I want her doing is searching for Pokemon while driving.
  • It can access EVERYTHING in your google accounts. Privacy invasion much? I don’t want them reading my email or google docs. They said it will change, it’s been a week still no change.

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  • It’s not safe, plain and simple. The GPS allows anyone to see where you are or worse yet LURE you into a dangerous situation. Some people have been robbed, others arrested for trespassing. Is this virtual Pokemon really worth yours or your children’s safety?
  • Imagine the cost of your data plan next month when the kids go over! Not to mention your i-tunes bill after they buy all the Pokecoins. It is like throwing money away, again for what? A virtual “I am the master of the Pokemon GO Universe” bragging rights?
  • It is causing injuries, people are literally walking into trees, falling over curbs and many other things while glued to their phone screen looking for these stupid Pokemon.

Many people are playing with their kids, I am ok with that part if you are bonding and spending time together if you choose to play. It could also be a good outdoor activity to get people off the couch. For that I say, go for it.

Some Parks are actually using it as a ploy on social media to get kids in the parks. This I don’t like. The point of visiting a park or anywhere really is to explore and see what’s around you. Not hunt for Pokemon GO with your face buried in a phone screen. In my mind the point of being outdoors is to disconnect!

Friends were telling me kids are all over the Disney parks playing. Your parents have payed a ton of money for that family vacation, STOP playing a virtual arcade game! If I were a parent traveling I would shut it down and fast.

I wont discount the good stories of police playing with kids, or communities coming together to play outside. However, I don’t feel this is a safe space as of yet. In Maryland we have had 4 armed robberies because they were lured somewhere by the robbers via the game.

For my family Pokemon GO is a big NO! Are you playing?

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