I have heard that millennials have a higher sense of nostalgia than previous generations. We love to be reminded of our childhood because, well let’s face it, adulting is hard. It’s nice to get back to the simpler days of childhood — enter Pokemon Go.
Battling imaginary creatures and trying to collect them all is great. We get to meet other likeminded people with a similar hobby. There also is the added bonus of physical activity (never thought I’d say that). However, there is always a negative in life, and we have learned rather quickly that the negative of Pokemon Go is an increased risk of physical danger. People walking into traffic. People being robbed at locations where lures have been set. There is danger out there despite the introductory warning on the game:
“Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings.”
This really is a terrific message — it is specific where it needs to be and vague in all the right places. So naturally we Student Affairs professionals should use this as a learning opportunity for our students. Perhaps equally important is my opportunity to make some great PokePuns!
Eight Ways Pokemon Go Teaches Us Safety
- When it comes to safety, don’t be SLOWBRO! It only takes one second to make one mistake that can completely change your life and/or someone else’s life.
- Stay out of the MUK! Look up from your phone and pay attention to where you are going.
- Don’t take any unnecessary CHANCEYS! If a location seems difficult to get to or maybe even a little dangerous, then stay away from it.
- Take a lesson from DODRIO – three heads are better than one! Don’t travel alone whenever possible. Bring a friend or two with you. It makes your adventure more fun, anyway.
- If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, RAPIDASH out of there! You don’t need to make excuses or feel that you owe an explanation to anyone. Just leave.
- If someone is taking a PIKACHU then keep an eye on them. It may seem like everyone is playing Pokemon Go, but that is not the case.
- It is not very TENTACOOL to drive and Pokemon Go at the same time! Put your phone down. Give it to your copilot. Wait until you get to your destination.
- Staying safe is not FARFETCH’D! Be smart and make good decisions. Everyone will benefit.