Parents of teen/tween girls! This is to read with your daughter! A couple of important tips and tools are here for your daughter to know and understand! There have been so many stories I’m seeing about the Pokemon Go game on people’s phones. What’s it all about? Getting healthy? Getting outside? Meeting new people? Engaging with the world around you? Let’s look though at something some may have not thought to think about. Safety and being aware of those around you!
How aware are you when you are playing Pokémon Go? Do you see people out where you are when you’re playing your game, yet are not on their phone, or talking with others about the game? Here’s the special tip!! When you are out with friends be aware of people you do not know. This doesn’t mean be scared to go out with friends. It means have a plan if something does happen and you’re scared to know what to do. Families may have a code word that you can text your parents at times like this.
Are you playing the game in the dark? Outside? If you are travel with friends in groups. And tell your parents/caring adults where you are going. They worry about your safety and want to make sure you are aware of yours as well.
Let’s switch to online interaction. What about being aware of others while online? Like Face Book, or Snap Chat? How much info are you telling others? Do you post public photos of yourself for everyone to see? Or just your friends from school? People you actually know, and have met. Thee could be a time when someone messages you privately on Face Book that finds you cute, and maybe you like his profile picture too. Unless you actually know him, do not agree to meet or send pictures to him. It could be a person who wants to take advantage of you!