Staying Safe and Having Fun with Pokemon Go!

Written by Holly Arnason, Digital Literacy Librarian 

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game for iOS and Android mobile devices and it’s been taking the world by storm, including the Edmonton Public Library! Over the past week, we have welcomed Pokemon Go players at many of our locations.

Like with any other online game or outdoor activity, it’s important for parents and caregivers to be aware of some key safety tips and tools for children playing Pokemon Go! There is already a lot of discussion in the media and on parent social media groups about the challenges and benefits of this game – here are some resources to help cut through the noise:

  1. The Common Sense media’s review emphasizes that Pokemon Go is a great opportunity to talk with children about physical safety (crossing the street, private property, etc.) and data privacy.
  2.  AndroidCentral’s article gives parents specific tools to help monitor where children are playing and when. As well, we love tips advising that kids play in groups with friends they already know for safety, and that kids and parents check in at regular intervals so that parents know where kids are playing.
  3. We love NSPCC’s easy-to-understand breakdown of the game for parents – it also has a great summary of key risks (especially in regards to meeting strangers) and top tips for staying safe while playing!
  4. Today Parent’s balanced view of the game acknowledges safety concerns but also describes how Pokemon Go can be a fun family activity to share over the summer break.

Beyond the fun of catching Pokemon or battling at gyms, this game has received a lot of attention for the way it uses geolocation to draw people of all ages outdoors to search for Pokemon. The game is also being talked about for its ability to spark positive interactions between community members and even for potential to help with mental health!

Have you (yes, it is for adults too) or your children caught a Pokemon inside one of our libraries?

Tweet @epldotca or share a photo with us on Facebook if you caught a Pokemon in one of our spaces or have won ownership of an EPL Pokegym!

Library cards are free for Pokemon Go players – and provide access to a great collection of Pokemon TV series, films, and manga. Visit us at any of our 20 branches today!

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