Pokémon Go continues to remain one of the most popular casual games even after a blockbuster release in the summer. It’s easy to play and Niantic continues to add features and bonuses that keep over 23 million people a day playing the game.
Pokémon Go is a hit in my household and my kids and I are always on the lookout for new Pokémon to catch.
This infographic from Rawhide.org details some of the amazing statistics around the game and also has some great advice for playing Pokémon Go with your kids.
11 Tips to Catch ‘Em All Safely
- Beware of lures
PokéStops are a great place to stock up on items catch Pokémon once lures are placed on them. Once a “lure module” is placed on a PokéStop, more Pokémon appear there, often followed by more players. But armed robbers have used this feature to lure unsuspecting people to secluded locations. If a PokéStop raises any concerns, use caution near it.
- Be respectful of where you’re playing
Locations such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, Arlington National Cemetery, and even Auschwitz Memorial Museum ran into issues with visitors coming solely to play Pokémon Go. It’s reached such a level that memorial sites asked for the removal of all Pokémon from the area.
- Keep off private property
Police continue to remind the public not to trespass, as some Pokémon Go players wander off paths and over fences.
- Do not catch and drive
85% of players admit to playing Pokémon Go while driving and 4% of players admit to being pulled over while playing. Deaths have already occurred from drivers playing Pokémon Go. There’s a reason the game has a speed limit. Please do not play and drive.
- Play the game with friends and family
Enjoy the game’s social aspect and play with your friends and family. This allows younger players to get out and play in adult-managed groups. For teens, encourage them to play with a friend, and impose other rules such as, not playing late at night or in remote places.
- Watch where you are going
Tracking Pokémon through the game has changed significantly and causes players to walk distractedly, turning around, backtracking, and not watching where they are going.
- Beware of in-app purchases
While free to download, Pokémon Go does make money via in-app purchases. It is possible for a player to spend $99 a pop on “Pokécoins”, the game’s digital currency, accidentally. This kind of spending may accidentally happen with younger players.
- Be mindful of personal privacy
Don’t let your family or teens use real names for Pokémon account names. Encourage them to flex their creative muscle and come up with fun code names or Pokémon Trainer-style names. Or use this fun name generator.
- Monitor when teens play the game
Pokémon Go provides a time-stamp down to the minute the action took place, which means parents have a complete log of when children play the game.
- Watch data and battery consumption
Pokémon Go uses a large amount of a phone’s data and battery life. Consistently playing Pokémon Go,
Uses 20% of a phone’s battery life per hour
Uses 10 mb of data per hour
This can cause players to be left far from home with a dead phone or end up using more data than they’re allotted.
- Read the Pokémon Go arbitration clause
Parents should be aware of an arbitration clause in the Terms of Service detailing when the right to sue the company or join a class action suit against it (for example, if you’re injured while playing) is waived. To opt out of this clause, you need to send an email to email@example.com with “Arbitration Opt-Out Notice” as the subject line and clearly state you are opting out of the arbitration clause in Pokémon Go’s terms of service. You must do so within the first 30 days of agreeing to the Terms of Service.