The latest craze among kids launched in early July and within days, just about every school-age child with a cell phone or tablet is playing. It’s hard to say how long the Pokemon GO frenzy will last, but it’s clear that the app poses some clear hazards parents must be aware of to keep kids safe.
LD Edmonton recognizes the safety issues, boundary issues and social skills needed to play Pokemon Go and has developed a camp to help child learn these skills and have a camp to be cautious, be safe and have fun!
Pokemon Go Social Skills Camp
August 22 – 26, 2016
12:30pm – 3:30pm every day
Pokemon Go Social Skills program is structured for all children ages
7 years+ Participants will go Pokemon hunting in a safe setting in the community in the afternoon in a structured, supportive, non-competitive environment. The camp will help educate children/youth to balance time between “screen time” and other healthy activities. With help and guidance, kids with learning disabilities and/or ADHD can join new friends in trying to “catch ’em all”
All sessions take place at the LD Edmonton office.
Some families may be able to obtain FSCD (Family Support for Children with Disabilities) funding to subsidize the cost of the program, depending on the needs that have been determined for their child. Contact your FSCD worker to find out if your child qualifies.
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Call our office at 780-466-1011 or call Karen Popal @ 780-707-2085
While Pokémon GO has pros and cons for all kids, there are some special concerns for kids with ADHD, who can struggle with focus and impulsivity. Here are seven things you should know about Pokémon GO and kids with ADHD.
1. Pokémon GO is free to play-at first
The game is free to download and play, but kids can buy things while playing. As your child advances in the game, he’ll probably want to make in-app purchases. If your child is impulsive, you may need to monitor these purchases.
2. Pokémon GO can be highly addictive
After catching the first Pokémon, children are hooked. Because of their ADHD, they can hyperfocus on things that excite them, they are ready to play the game for hours.
It’s important to be aware of how addictive Pokémon GO can be. It can use up cellular data quickly (resulting in high phone bills). If kids aren’t paying attention, it can also use up their phone battery before they know it. If they need to make an important call, that could be a problem.
If your child is on the younger side, you might want to consider playing with him so you can keep close track of playing time.
3. Pokémon GO promotes exercise
To catch Pokémon, players have to walk around to find them-sometimes long distances. Players can also hatch Pokémon eggs in incubators by walking.
If you’ve found exercise helpful for your child with ADHD, all that walking can be a good thing.
4. Pokémon GO can be distracting-and potentially dangerous
Because the game operates on a smartphone screen, players sometimes forget to look up and see what’s around them. For instance, you may need to remind your child/youth to check for cars before walking into a parking lot.
For teenagers with ADHD, the potential danger may be greater. If they’re driving to new places on their Pokémon GO maps, they could lose track of what’s happening on the road. Kids with impulsivity issues may also look for Pokémon in unsafe places or on private property.
It’s a good idea for anyone with ADHD to play the game with a partner or group. It would be helpful to have friends around, so they can watch out for possible accidents and help with decision-making.
5. Pokémon GO helps kids try new things
When looking for Pokémon and PokéStops, kids are likely to discover new things about their neighborhood.
ADHD children/youth like routines. Days that are predictable, help them with their ADHD. But they also loves finding new things. Pokémon GO gives them an exciting way to do something different and explore their surroundings.
6. Pokémon GO has privacy concerns
When you sign up for Pokémon GO, you agree to share data with the company. Many players don’t take the time to read the privacy agreements when they sign up to play. Kids with ADHD may be more likely to tap the Agree button without looking at the details. I recommend reading these agreements completely and explaining the important parts to your child.
7. Pokémon GO can promote teamwork and social skills
There’s a social element to Pokémon GO. Players can join teams and try to control Gyms, which are also located throughout the real world. (Gyms are where Pokémon train and battle each other.)
Kids with ADHD can have trouble staying focused on group goals or taking guidance from others. Joining a team can help them practice teamwork and social skills.