News release/media advisory from Gillette Children's Healthcare in St. Paul:
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare pediatrician Scott Schwantes is available to talk about kids health related to new mobile craze Pokemon Go. (For background: Here’s a link to Pokemon Go: 101 and augmented reality.)
A few health tips regarding Pokemon Go from Dr. Schwantes:
- Be aware of your (actual) surroundings.It’s easy for kids and teens to get caught up in the excitement of looking for Pokémon. . . and forget to notice cars, curbs, even trees. Encourage your kids to remain aware of the physical world. If they spot a Pokémon, STOP to catch it. Then move on.
- Take advantage of reality.It’s summer—the perfect season to enjoy outdoor activities with your kids. Even if it’s Pokemon that’s motivating your kids to get out there and explore their surroundings, take the opportunity to join them—and encourage them to put down their phone for some good old fashioned family fun.
- Use common sense.It goes without saying, but is worth emphasizing to your kids: don’t let an on-the-loose Pokémon lead you into unsafe or remote areas. Criminals targeting Pokémon Go users for theft have already been reported—and kids are especially vulnerable.
- Don’t Pokémon and drive. Cell phone use while driving is, after all, illegal. But teens have been known to bend the rules now and then. Remind teen drivers to put down their phone while driving—and lead by example.
- Enjoy! Want to bond with your kid in the digital age? Download Pokemon Go yourself. It’s not just for kids, after all, and it’ll open up new opportunities for spending quality time together.