Pokemon Go! – A Parent’s Guide and our tips for helping your child navigate the “real” world
The latest phone app game craze hit the UK this week. If you haven’t heard of it yet we’re sure you soon will. It’s called Pokemon Go!
The game is an app that you install on a smartphone. The game is all about catching monsters – Pokemon. The twist is that this phone app uses augmented reality to show the monsters (using your phone’s camera) in the “real” world.
Whether or not you like your kids having a smartphone, let alone playing games on their phone at all is one debate. However, this game takes everything up a notch. In one way the fact that the game encourages the player to get outside and breathe some fresh air rather than slump on the sofa will be something that most parents would encourage. However, there are some safety points to consider too.
We have found a great article for parents on the Boots WebMD website with a summary of the game and safety points to bear in mind.
In our view Pokemon Go! looks like a bit of entertainment if parent’s are able to monitor their child’s use of the game carefully. We think there’s still nothing quite giving your kids a fun experience in the “real” world. If you would like your child to really stretch their imagination this summer you should take a look at our summer school.
We can’t promise that there will be any Pokemon to catch or that our venues in West Wickham and Beckenham will become a PokeStop but we can promise that these performing arts classes will be lots of fun. We have an Alice in Wonderland workshop for 4-6 year olds and a Shrek the musical workshop for 7-16 year olds.
We will take your child on a real adventure in drama, dance and singing for a whole week where they will interact with other real children and make real friends. They will learn how to work as part of a real team as they get ready to put on a show at the end of the week. They will build their confidence ready to face the real world and you can come and watch a real show at the end of the end of the week.
We are running a contest on Facebook to win a free place at our summer school. You simply need to like the post on Facebook and write a comment about how you like to keep your kids entertained over the summer. The comment with the most likes will win a free place at summer school. The closing date for entries is Friday 22nd July at 12pm GMT.
Why not do this now? Maybe try it on your smartphone!