A Guide to Pokemon Go for Parents
I’m Ed Smith, a Davis car accident lawyer. Pokemon Go is a free mobile app and augmented reality game produced by Nintendo through Niantic Labs. The game overlays characters on the player’s smartphone screen using the camera to display the space in front of the user. When the Pokemon Go game launched in mid-2016, game use soared in the millions! On any given day you can see people young and old playing the game in public parks, on sidewalks and anywhere! As use spiked, there were reports of injuries, falls and even car accidents. Don’t let Pokemon Go put you or your child in the emergency room!
Who plays Pokemon Go?
Of the millions who play the game, most users of Pokemon Go are females, and the majority are ages 18 to 29; however, a significant portion – a quarter – are ages 13 through 17. It’s possible that even younger children, but that data is not available as the game is intended for ages 13 and up.
Are there risks to playing Pokemon Go?
Adults and adolescents playing the game have experienced injuries while chasing Pokemon, also known as pocket monsters, in their community. While the screen shows the view through the camera, distracted users have overlooked holes in the ground and even vehicles resulting in receiving a bandage instead of their next game badge.
What are some potential injuries of Pokemon Go?
Some common injuries associated with Pokemon Go include muscle sprains, muscle or ligament tears, broken bones, cuts that required stitches, injuries to the back or neck, and head injuries like concussions.
How can you play Pokemon Go safely?
Pokemon Go can be a great family activity, but it is an activity that should be carried out safely and with caution. You can enjoy spending time with your children, while still ensuring their safety. Consider making rules for play such as limiting play to non-traffic areas, only play during the daytime, walking safely, and playing the game with an adult or friend. When playing Pokemon Go in groups, look out for each other to avoid hazards in the terrain and watch for any moving vehicles.
Can you drive and play Pokemon Go?
Never drive a vehicle while using a mobile device – you and your family’s safety is more important than catching a Pokemon!
Are there other safety tips?
Avoid using your or your child’s real name and email address when establishing a Pokemon Go account. Also teach your children about how they should and should not interact with strangers, and personal safety.
Most importantly, discuss with your children about the risks and dangers of Pokemon Go.
While the best strategy is to take some of the advice here and prevent injuries by taking a few simple precautions. However, if you or your child suffer an injury when playing Pokemon Go, make sure that you seek treatment from a qualified health professional in a timely fashion.
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