Or a Pokédad. If you were worried that you wouldn’t be able to join the fun with your kids playing Pokémon Go, then don’t worry! This is a Pokémon Go parents guide that will teach you all the basics so that you can play this fun game with your kids.
What is Pokémon?
No Pokémon Go parents guide would be complete without an introduction to these cute little creatures. Pokémon was originally released as a series of video games in Japan back in 1996. The aim is to capture various insects and animal-inspired creatures and tame them.
You can also use these creatures to duel with other players who have their own collection of Pokémon. Since then, the series has expanded to include movies and animated TV shows.
The creator of Pokémon, Satoshi Tajiri, had a fascination with collecting insects when he was younger. This is something you can encourage in your children as it helps them appreciate nature and care for other creatures.
In Pokémon Go, you essentially use your smartphone to walk from place to place and see virtual Pokémon going about their daily lives. They are set up in various real-life locations that correspond with their characteristics.
For example, water Pokémon can be found at the beach or at a pool. Whereas, land Pokémons can be seen walking about in parks. There are also places called “gyms” where you can virtually battle other Pokémon handlers. These are located in public places like parks or libraries.
By going from one location to another you can pick up supplies and even incubate Pokémon eggs. If you were worried that your kids weren’t getting enough sunshine, then this game will have you worried that they are getting too much!
It’s a fascinating and brilliantly simple concept. You’ll be surprised to see how easy it is to get into the game.
Things You Need at the Beginning
First of all, you will need a smartphone. It doesn’t have to be the very latest phone. Any old iPhone or Android phone will do, as the game is well optimized to run on almost any hardware. You can install the game from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Your phone needs to have it’s GPS switched on. The game will show different Pokémon depending on where you are. Suppose your device doesn’t have this feature, then only turning on the WiFi will be enough to play the game.
Pokémon can be found in your own house and backyard. So, if you’re not comfortable with your child wandering about the neighborhood then they can have just as much fun around the house. The game contains in-game purchases. So, be sure to set a password on your phone that prompts before any purchase.
Your child needs to be able to read and do simple math to play the game. If your child is just starting out, then this game can be a great tool to help them learn the basics. If they’re too young for that then let them perform the basic actions like throwing a pokéball to capture a Pokémon.
After you have the game installed, you’ll be asked to select a character style. Ask your child which character they like best. It’s absolutely vital that you remind your child not to walk about outside while looking at their phone. Go through all of the basic instructions like looking both ways before crossing a road.
There is a thing called “Lure” in this game. As the name suggests you, or anyone else playing, can set a small trap to lure in Pokémon. This attracts nearby Pokémon to the location.
However, other players can see this and go over there too. So, since anyone can set these lures and wait for kids to come to them, it goes without saying that this can be a safety issue. To this day, there haven’t been any reported incidences of people abusing this feature, though.
It’s always a good idea to remind your child to be cautious of strangers while remaining courteous. When going about in nature, you’re bound to bump into actual animals. Teach your children to be respectful of them and their surroundings. Teach your kids not to try to pet or catch wild animals. Leave all the catching for virtual Pokémons!
Get Ready for Some Exercise
Walking from one place to another is sure to make you build up a sweat after a while. This has to be the best way to get kids accustomed to healthy habits of walking and not staying in the same position for too long.
Encourage them to wear comfortable clothing and put on sunscreen as they will need it. They will be visiting places like libraries and museums in search of Pokémon. They will be learning a lot by visiting these locations.
This game is remarkable in being able to get kids out of the house and be active. While your children will meet other children with similar interests, you too will meet other parents accompanying them. Get acquainted with them, and you might make some friends yourself!
Who knew that when it would take a smartphone to get your children to play outside in nature. This game encourages so many positive habits that there’s no reason you should not be playing it with your kids.
As with everything else in life, remind your children to be mindful of their surroundings and follow their gut. If they feel uncomfortable about a location or a person, tell them to return home at once. Now get your smartphone all charged up and go outside. There are a lot of Pokémon waiting to be caught. Have fun!