‘Pokémon GO’ Part II- How to Safely Hunt for Pokémon

child playing mobile games on smartphone on the street

Unless you’ve been under Jigglypuff’s sleeping spell for the past couple of months, you know how bizarre this new Pokémon game can be. It didn’t take long since its debut for people to experience the dangers associated with it. In fact, many police departments across the nation have already issued out warnings and safety tips in regards to the game. 

But knowing the dangers is only the first step!

It is up to you to ensure safety for yourself, your children, and your loved ones when it comes to Pokémon Go. Don’t end up in a tricky situation all because you had to catch that Charizard. Below is a list of general safety tips to help you stay safe on your quest to becoming the best that no one ever was.

To enjoy the game without risking your well-being, keep the following tips in mind:

  1. DISTRACTIONS DISTRACTIONS!

The game notifies you when a Pokémon appears via a vibration or an alert sound. Plug in some earphones and let the app run in the background to cut out distractions. Also, make sure to look up every once in a while.

2. SITUATIONAL AWARENESS 

Be alert! Make sure to familiarize yourself with your surroundings and remain wary of any dangers. Look out for fixed objects, oncoming vehicles, and or suspicious characters.

  1. Pokémon DON’T Go

At night, stick to well-lit areas. It’s also a good idea to go Pokémon hunting with friends rather than traveling solo. A good rule of thumb to follow while on the Go’ is to stay away from areas you normally wouldn’t enter or hang out by.

  1. OBEY THE LAW

It is far too easy to get distracted and forget where you are while using the app. So, be sure to follow all laws at all times including trespassing.

  1. DON’T POKEMON GO AND DRIVE

This one should be obvious but, don’t hunt for Pokémon while driving. Already, a Pokémon go player crashed into a parked police car. So, just like you shouldn’t drive under the influence of alcohol, don’t Pokémon Go and drive.

  1. STAY IN CHARGE

Avoid getting stranded in the middle of nowhere while exploring for Pokémon. Remember to use the app’s “battery save mode” feature to conserve battery life. It’s also a good idea to pack your phone charger and carry an extra phone battery in case your phone dies.

Now that you know how to safely hunt for Pokémon, go with caution on your journey to becoming a Pokémon master.

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