Play It Safe While Playing Pokémon GO


Play It Safe While Playing Pokémon GO

September 28, 2016

Written by: Sarah Dee

Trying to get the whole family to get outdoors this fall? As if you need a reason with the fall foliage and crisp temps, but as we all know, kids need a little incentive from time to time. Fortunately, Pokémon GO, the location-based augmented reality game, has subconsciously motivated people of all ages to get exercise, however, the number of outdoor related injuries have also increased.


From broken bones and bruises while tripping and falling when searching for another Pokémon  to add to the collection, injuries related to the popular game are all too real. Thankfully, there are ways to safely play Pokémon GO without sacrificing any of the fun. Consider these tips the next time you venture out as a family or when talking with your kids about playing around the neighborhood:

The Buddy System

As a general recommendation, children should not venture out to play alone or with their friends (without supervision) until they are at least 12 years old or whatever makes you feel most comfortable, as a parent. The good news is that Pokémon GO is a great group activity and is also a prime opportunity to meet up and make friends with other Pokémon enthusiasts so parents can play, too!

pokemongo2While it’s not necessary to play with others to enjoy the game, it’s a good idea to play with a friend or two, especially when it comes to your safety. For instance, it only takes a small trip or slip on an uneven surface or hilly terrain to find yourself with a twisted ankle or even worse, a traumatic brain injury. According to New York slip and fall injury lawyer, David Resnick, of David Resnick & Associates, slip and fall injuries are one of the most common premise liability lawsuits and while property owners have a responsibility to maintain their property, Pokémon GO players are also responsible for paying attention to where they take a step.

If you’re on your own, you may receive delayed medical attention or be unable to seek help. Either take a friend who isn’t interested in playing the game (to be aware of your surroundings) or take turns being on the lookout for potentially hazardous situations. In addition to have a buddy on hand if you become injured, experts recommend that Pokémon GO players travel as a group to avoid being “lured” and being robbed. If you do decide to venture out on your own, make sure that you check in with a family member or friend from time to time.

Don’t Drive

Even though a majority of parents try to avoid any distractions behind the wheel, which is a daily challenge with a minivan full of kids, there are adults who still look at their phone when driving. It’s already well known that distracted driving is a problem of epic proportions and reports of Pokémon GO players going into battle during a morning commute makes the problem even worse. A good rule to follow? Avoid all activities on your smartphone (from phone calls and texts to Pokémon GO) while you’re driving. Not only could you be breaking the law, but you are increasing the risk of being involved in or causing a major accident and your child’s well-being should always be the number one priority.

Be Aware and Respectful of Surroundings

Heading into unknown territory can be potentially hazardous, but you could also be trespassing on private property. Rather than being a rude and clueless Pokémon GO player, familiarize yourself with an area before you go there and avoid any areas that seem unsafe or suspicious (particularly at night or when alone).


Sarah Dee is a writer and mother. While she writes about a variety of topics, her passion and main focus is writing about child and roadway safety. She enjoys with connecting with fellow parent writers and exchanging stories and experiences

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