Pokemon Go! A video game is the answer to 21st century problems.

At what point is everyone going to realize Pokemon Go is the answer to many problems of the 21st century?

Kids are begging to stay outside longer and requesting to go places they would have never gone without Pokemon Go.

You read that right. Kids want to stay out as late as possible and are begging their parents to take them to the park and to important venues, such as museums, outdoor art displays, and many other places we try to drag our kids to give them a little culture. Kids are asking to go on shopping trips, and parents are letting them purchase gold by doing chores around the house.

It’s not the 1950’s dream everyone has been wishing for. No. It’s better! This is much better.

People are smiling. They are laughing. They are having fun. All people.

In a nation where low Vitamin D counts, high obesity, high levels of depression, and a lack of exercise is the norm, it seems Pokemon Go has, for a short term at least, has given the nation an answer to some of these issues.

  1. Family time – check
  2. People are exercising more than ever – check
  3. Thousands of people were in the local parks this week – check
  4. Kids want to go outside more (hello Vitamin D) – check
  5. Everyone wants to run errands – check
  6. Car pooling has become a team effort – check
  7. People are visiting small businesses, which depend on foot traffic and word of mouth for sales – check
  8. Very low learning curve. Anyone can play, including kids, adults, and even the disabled can play from home. — check
  9. A player only needs a short amount of time during the day to play. No sitting for hours to earn points – check.
  10. Photography and creating fun scenes is part of the fun – check

And the number one best part about this game, everyone, of all races, sexes, and religions are coming together in parks, on sidewalks, and on buses sharing game strategy and hints with each other. No mention of hate for each other, just fun conversation about capturing little creatures.

Pokemon Go – Bringing the world together with one app – CHECK!

Until next time…be safe, be kind, and always be happy.

 

(and Go…. get out there and catch the Pokemon! The world needs you!)

 

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How to keep kids safe while playing Pokemon-Go – The Ten Commandments of Pokemon Go

The Ten Commandments of Pokemon Go 

  1. You shall only play one app game at a time. Playing different apps at the same time can be dangerous. If you are playing Pokemon Go, do not stretch your attention by playing another game at the same time.
  2. Do not bow your head over your phone while walking across the roads or in traffic areas. Pay attention to your surroundings. The drivers of vehicles are jealous drivers and they want your full attention when you are crossing their paths. Remember, roads and cars are real. You are real. Pokeman are not. You can really die, Pokemon cannot.
  3. If you don’t play, do not talk badly against those who play. If you do play, don’t talk badly about your fellow players. Everyone likes different games. That’s just not nice. Don’t ruin the fun for others. Show kindness and respect so we can all continue to have fun. Also, if you find someone who doesn’t have a phone to play with, don’t speak unkindly about them, invite them to join your social group, and let them come along for the adventure.
  4. Remember you do have other things to do in real life, so take time away from playing your games, and get your real work done. Do not ignore real friendships, chores, or real life work to chase Pokemon. Have fun, but take a break when needed to tend to real life activities.
  5. Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long. Do not, under any circumstance, leave your home, go Pokemon hunting, or go into a dangerous area without telling your parents. This goes for the adults too. Do not go out hunting in the dark or in dangerous areas without telling someone where you are. Do not drop a lure if you are alone or in a strange place. Instead of hunting alone or at night, play at home and use incense to bring the Pokemon to you.
  6. You shall not hurt or kill other players or go to places which may get you killed. Your family wants you home safe, so never go anywhere alone or dangerous. Always keep an eye on your surroundings and use common sense when hunting Pokemon.
  7. You shall not cheat on your teammates or your group. If your team or group has decided when and where to play and how to divide up the Pokemon which are found, be sure to follow the rules of the group. There will be no cheating on your team or group’s rules. Cheating on your teammates is just bad sportsmanship. Don’t do it.
  8. Do not steal Legendary Pokemon from other players (or anything else for that matter). If you see someone already playing in their yard or other areas and they were there first, do not steal their chance at fun. Plus, when people are playing in the park, they tend to leave their personal items around. Do not steal these items. If it isn’t yours, don’t touch it.
  9. Do not lie on your teammates or other players. Play nice and everyone will have fun.
  10. Do not trespass on your neighbor or covet their Pokemon. If you see a Pokemon in someone’s yard or closed off business, do not covet that Pokemon. That Pokemon belongs to that person and if you wish to capture it, you should use your incense to lure it to you, but to not trespass onto someone’s land.

The final commandment of playing Pokemon Go is always play nice.

“Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.”

(Yes, that is directly from the Bible, but it’s a good rule to live by in any instance, even when playing Pokemon Go.)

Now, go forth and multiply… your combat power and candy of course!

Until next time…be safe, be kind, and always be happy.

PS: Remember adults, these rules apply to you too.