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Pros and Cons of Allowing Your Children to Play Pokemon GO

Pros and Cons of Allowing Your Children to Play Pokemon GO

You’ve probably heard of the new global phenomenon known as Pokémon GO. Anyone who was a kid during the 80s and 90s is well acquainted with the fluffy pocket monsters that were created in Japan, and today they have taken over our planet once again.

Immediately after Pokémon GO appeared on Google Play and the App Store, its downloads started to break all world records, and developers from Niantic witnessed an amazing spike in their share value. Since it became the most-downloaded application ever, it was almost impossible not to know about this game.

If you are a parent, then you might have noticed how your child wants to go outside far more frequently, or that your kid wants a new smartphone if the old one is not compatible with this game. So, the question is whether Pokémon GO is a good game or a bad game for your kid. In the following article, I’ll discuss its pros and cons.

PRO: Your children will have more physical activity

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    Pokemon GO is certainly different than other video games, since instead of sitting it requires you to walk in order to progress, or level up. Sure, there is a way to catch pokemon while sitting at home, since one will spawn at your place of residence on an hourly basis, however these are only common pokemon.

    The point of the game is to catch them all, and the most efficient way to get new pokemon is to hatch the eggs that players obtain by visiting pokestops. There are three different types of eggs: those that hatch after walking 2 kilometers, those that hatch after 5 kilometers, and those that hatch after 10 kilometers.

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    So, if your child wants to get new pokemon, he or she will need to walk at least 2 kilometers per day, plus in order to get new eggs a child needs to pay a visit to a pokestop somewhere in town. In other words, the game itself really incentivizes physical activity, since the best way to advance is just to keep moving.

    Also, if you are a passenger in a car or a bus, the game notices how fast you are moving, and the distance you make is made null and void. To make it simple, if you are worried that your child is not getting enough activity because he or she spends too much time at home playing video games, then Pokemon GO is definitely a game that you should allow.

    PRO: Your children will socialize more with their peers

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      People tend to go together when they are hunting for new pokemon because it’s much more fun and more efficient, so the game also incentivizes team spirit. Teamwork is promoted via in-built game features and mechanics.

      First, there is an item called a lure module that is used on a pokestop to attract more nearby pokemon. To be more precise, the item increases the spawn rate of pokemon near the pokestop it is used on, and all players who are around can benefit from this feature — not just the user. So, for the sake of making full use of the item, people tend to go in groups and use the module either on two or more stops that are in close proximity of one another, or to use more modules on the same one after one expires.

      Second, there are three different teams: Team Instinct, Team Mystic, and Team Valor. Once you reach level 5, you get to choose which team you want to be affiliated with. There are locations known as gyms and you get to take over the gym in the name of your team. If someone from an opposing team is in possession of the gym, you can take it down and claim it in the name of your team. However, there is a thing called gym prestige, and it grows if you fight a gym that already belongs to your team.

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      By increasing the gym prestige, you open up additional slots for players of the same team to leave their pokemon, thereby increasing the defenses of the particular gym. So, people of the same team go together to take down the opposing teams and claim gyms, and then they fight there in order to increase gym prestige and bolster its defenses.

      This is how team spirit is promoted in Pokemon GO, so you can be certain that your child’s social life won’t suffer. In fact, your kids might even meet new friends.

      PRO: Your children can earn money

      Pokemon GO is not only played by kids, a lot of nostalgic adults also enjoy playing the game and chasing after new creatures. However, people have jobs, and in order to unlock all of the in-game features, you need to reach level 20, which can take a long time if you do not play the game frequently.

      There are numerous ways to earn experience and level up, but in order to be truly efficient and use all the items to their full potential, you need to walk and play the game. This is time-consuming, and time is a commodity many employed people cannot afford.

      However, many people create new emails for the purpose of playing the game, and they will gladly share that email and pay someone to level it up so that they can enjoy the game to its fullest. This is a wonderful opportunity for your kid to earn some cash by leveling up someone else’s account. If you are unemployed and love to play the game, you can do the same thing.

      Here is a guide on how to become an expert and how to distribute in-game resources more efficiently. Moreover, the child can learn some amazing new skills, since improving resource management can make you a better player. Again, the opportunity to earn cash is open for everyone, so make sure you go through an online guide if you haven’t played the game so far, and you’ll know everything there is to know.

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      PRO: It is a bridge between different generations

      As mentioned above, the Pokemon trend has been around for a long time, and now its community consists of both millennials and those of generation Z. These people are active members, they make YouTube videos, exchange experiences, and keep an entire community together.

      It’s really nice to see one app do all these things and you should encourage your child to participate as well. It may inspire your kid to become a vlogger or a blogger one day, which are hobbies that can be quite lucrative and will be quite useful in years to come.

      PRO: It can help your child develop an adventurous spirit

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        The last positive trait that will be covered is inspiring an adventurous spirit. Like we said, the main objective is to catch all of the pokemon and complete the pokedex. However, out of 136 obtainable Pokémon, only around 60 of them are easy to find, and as far as the others are concerned, your child will have to visit all sorts of places in order to find them. There are even those that are region-exclusive, meaning some are only available in Europe, others in America and Japan, etc.

        So, the developers clearly want you to move around, visit river banks, and even other continents. If exploration is rewarded in this way from a very young age, a child can become an individual with a more open mind and a desire to experience other cultures — which is truly a positive thing.

        CON: Your kid can get lost

        Let’s address some of the potential dangers that you might face as a parent. First of all, while the app is on and connected to the internet, the whole map is displayed on your phone, and anyone can easily find a way back by following the pokestops, so that’s really helpful. However, there is a downside to this. Pokemon GO depletes your phone battery really fast, so after playing a game for an hour or two, your phone may shut down, and if you are in an unknown part of town, it can be difficult to get back.

        So, either ensure that your child always has a spare battery, or simply tag along and make sure he or she doesn’t get lost. You can also tell your child that they need to be close to you when they play the game. You can also download an app to track the phone, so that you always know the location of your kids. Also, if there is a big generation gap between your kids, the older ones can supervise the younger — chances are they both play the game.

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        CON: They will need supervision

        In addition to getting lost, there are also other dangers your kid might be exposed to. For example, some people have already managed to take advantage of the lure module feature. They set up a module on a secluded pokestop and wait for an innocent victim to approach it, then they simply mug those people, since they are certainly carrying a phone with them. It would be wise not to allow your kids to go out and play the game at night.

        Also, if your child uses your email account to play the game, it can be troublesome for you to allow too much freedom. There is an in-game shop that uses real money to purchase certain items, and if your credit card information is linked to your email, there is a chance your child can access it and buy in-game currency. So, make sure you check these things before you allow your kid to play the game.

        Lastly, there have been a couple of incidents in streets because some kids do not pay attention to where they are going. If they are too busy looking at the screen, they can easily get hurt. So, if your child is too young and doesn’t pay attention, it’s always better to go along and supervise.

        Conclusion

        All things considered, Pokemon GO is a really original and creative app that has managed to impress a lot of people. There are numerous benefits for everyone who knows how to actively participate in the hype, and if you are a parent, this is a great opportunity to bond with your kid. So, measure these pros and cons and decide if Pokemon GO is something you want your children to have on their phones.

        Featured photo credit: https://pixabay.com/en/users/geralt-9301/ via pixabay.com

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        10 Quick Easy Workouts To Lose Arm Fat At Home

        10 Quick Easy Workouts To Lose Arm Fat At Home

        Flabby arms are something a lot of us have to tend to. If you find yourself buying a sweater or cardigan to go with your tank top or usually opt for the long-sleeved dress, then you’re not alone. Usually a result of genes, general excess fat or just ageing, it seems difficult to lose arm fat. The fat in our arms accumulates mainly around the triceps – the muscles on the back of your upper arm – and are prone to getting flabby if not exercised regularly.

        What we eat can also play a part in the extent of the jiggle so eating a good, healthy balanced diet as well as keeping well hydrated can put you on the right track. Resistance exercises are the most effective way to blast that underarm fat as well as strengthen, shape and tone your muscles. You can always go down to the gym and work up a sweat but who has time for that? If you want a convenient and quick alternative then you can easily manage an effective routine in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a set of dumbbells and you can start toning up those bingo wings with these 10 easy workouts.

        1. Tricep dips

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          Works: Triceps

          • Hands must be positioned shoulder width apart on a secured chair or bench.
          • Position your bum in front of the bench with feet hip-width apart on the floor and legs bent.
          • Straighten out your arms a little, keeping a slight bend from the elbow so to put more emphasis on the tricep and less stress on the elbow.
          • Keeping your back close to the bench, slowly lower your body so that your arms are at a 90-degree angle.
          • Once in this position slowly push off your hands back to the starting position.
          • Do 10-15 reps.

          2. Bicep curls

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            Works: Biceps and shoulders

            • Start off with your feet hip-distance apart, holding one dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing out.
            • Starting with your left arm, bend your elbow to slowly bring the weight up to your shoulder holding the position for 5 seconds.
            • Slowly release the elbow and straighten your arm back down to the starting position.
            • Repeat the moves on the right side.
            • Complete 3 sets of 10-15 reps for each arm.

            3. Push ups

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              Works: Triceps and Deltoids

              • Lying face down, place your hands on the floor roughly shoulder-width apart.
              • Tuck your toes under and gently lift your body up, pushing through your hands and making sure not to lock your elbows.
              • Slowly bend your elbows bringing your face roughly 2-3 inches from the ground.
              • Slowly push back up through your arms. If this is difficult then do the same move but keeping your knees on the floor.
              • Repeat 10-15 times.

              4. Tricep Kickbacks

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                Works: Triceps

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                • Place a weight in each hand and kneel down onto the floor with your toes tucked under.
                • Bend your upper body forward from the hips up and bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle.
                • Extend both your arms backwards while your palms are facing each other.
                • Feel the tension in the triceps and return to the starting position.
                • Do 3 sets of 8-10 reps.

                5. Plank

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                  Works: Chest, Shoulders, Biceps and Core

                  • Start face-down on the floor, resting on your forearms and knees.
                  • Step your feet out so that they are slightly apart and come into the plank position.
                  • Make sure your body is straight, parallel to the floor and your bum is tucked in.
                  • Pull your abs in and hold the position for as long as you can. Try to aim for 20-30 seconds and build up to a minute.
                  • Repeat 3 times.

                  6. Tricep Extensions

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                    Works: Triceps

                    • Stand on a mat with your feet hip-width apart.
                    • Hold one dumbbell with both hands behind your head, bending the elbows.
                    • Bring the weight towards the ceiling, straightening your arms above your head.
                    • Lower back to starting position.
                    • Complete 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps.

                    7. Lateral Arm Raises

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                      Works: Deltoids

                      • Stand with feel hip-width apart. With arms down the side of your body, hold a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing in.
                      • Starting with your left side, inhale and slowly raise your arm so that it’s parallel to the floor. Make sure not to lock your elbow by keeping a slight bend.
                      • Make sure your arm is straight and palm is facing the floor.
                      • Exhale and slowly bring your arm back down to your side.
                      • Repeat on the right side.
                      • Do 10-15 reps on each side and two sets.

                      8. Overhead Press

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                        Works: Shoulders

                        • Stand up, lining your feet with your hips and hold a dumbbell in each hand with palms facing out.
                        • Bring the weights to your shoulders.
                        • Keep your core muscles tight and straighten your arms above you.
                        • Slowly bring your arms back down to your shoulders.
                        • Do 3 sets of 10-15 reps.

                        9. Bent Over Row

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                          Works: Triceps and Biceps 

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                          • Place your feet shoulder-width apart.
                          • Bend your knees and and then bend your upper body forward from the hips making sure you keep your back nice and straight.
                          • Make sure your hands are straight and placed under your shoulders.
                          • Bend the elbows back while lifting your arms towards the sides of your chest, pulling your shoulder blades towards each other.
                          • Slowly lower the weights in a controlled movement and feel the tension at your triceps.
                          • Repeat 10-15 times.

                          10. Skull Crushers

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                            Works: Triceps

                            • While holding a dumbbell in each hand, lie on your back with your knees bent.
                            • Slowly raise your arms so they are above your chest, making sure your elbows are straight but not locked.
                            • Slowly lower both arms toward your head, bending your elbows to 90 degrees as the dumbbells reach the mat. Aim to lower your weights so they are on either side of your head  with elbows bent and pressing in toward your head (being careful not to hit yourself in the face).
                            • Lift your arms back to starting position.
                            • Complete 2 or 3 sets, 10-15 reps each.

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