With Pokémon Go becoming such a popular hit among children right now, some parents may be concerned about the app. There have been horrible stories of players getting hurt or being robbed while playing. However, if your kiddos use common sense and safe gameplay, you shouldn’t have to worry!
In fact, playing Pokémon Go can be beneficial to building important skills in your children. Let’s take a look at five skills the game can build and teach in your young players.
- Eye-Hand Coordination
In order to catch a Pokémon, you must successfully toss a Pokeball in their direction. This helps with eye-hand coordination in the player. Swiping the wrong way will cause the ball to be wasted and the Pokémon will not be caught.
Since the map in the game isn’t just blossoming with Pokémon to catch every minute, your young player will need to be patient. He must walk about the area, looking for rustling leaves or finding a Pokestop with a lure module to increase the chances of finding more Pokémon.
The same is true when he wants to level up or have more items in his bag. Even at Pokéstops, which can only be used every 5 minutes, your child must be patient to get more goodies for the game.
With Pokémon Go exhibiting quite a bit of challenges in the game, your child will need to be determined to “Catch ‘Em All!” Some of the Pokémon he will find nearby are difficult to catch. They may jump out of the Pokéballs two or three times, or deflect the balls when thrown at them.
This will teach your child to stick with the game and not give up. There’s no way to catch a Pokémon if you get frustrated. Also, you cannot force a certain Pokémon to pop up on the map, so your child will need to keep playing to catch the ones he really wants.
Sometimes, in order to beat gyms or catch Pokémon, you will need to access your bag of items. This is where the better Pokéballs, potions, and Razz Berries are stored. Knowing that these items are available for use can help teach your child to be resourceful.
Instead of getting angry when he cannot do what he needs to in the app, he can use the items received from Pokéstops in order to help him succeed.
Though it’s a single player game, Pokémon Go is really increasing the social skills of many children. This game gets them off the couch and out into the real world. Many friends are meeting to play together in local parks. They work together to battle gyms or find new Pokémon.
What do you think? Are these skills valuable to you? Do you think there are better ways of teaching your kids the same things? I’m curious about your thoughts on the whole Pokémon Go phenomenon.