Pokémon Go has become a global phenomenon in less time than it takes to get your kids to soccer practice. In two weeks, it has been installed on nearly 6% of all US based Android smart devices and has surpassed the usage of Netflix and Twitter, according to Fortune.
There are actually memes devoted to players’ sore legs from accidentally getting too much exercise while playing. (Are you laughing here? I’m laughing here and you should be too.)
As parents, we love the thought of a game that gets our kids up off their butts and has them exploring the neighborhood, nature, and the community at large. But there’s another member of your family that would love to spend time outdoors too. Your dog! In the game, you have to incubate your eggs by walking. We all know your dog would love to go on more walks.
But before your kids run out of the house with your dog in tow, it’s important to discuss safety while playing Pokémon Go. For all the positive attributes of this game, there are negatives. Players have broken bones, walked into traffic, wrecked their cars, and been robbed. So it’s important to have a conversation with your kids about how to stay SAFE, while playing Pokémon Go by themselves or with the family dog.