Have you seen kids and adults alike wandering around with their phones out? It has been on the news, in the papers and if you have children or grandchildren under the age of 20 you will have almost certainly heard about the latest craze which is a mobile phone game called Pokémon Go.  To fill you in briefly, Pokémon are little animated monsters which you can catch, and of course you “Gotta catch ‘em all!” It’s had TV series’ and various video games over the last 20 years.

The little Monsters are cute. This is an Oddish

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In July the latest game was released. It is very clever. The games uses your phone’s GPS to overlay monsters for you to catch as you move around. These monsters can then duel in virtual gyms located at landmarks, such as schools, pubs and churches. You can even join a team. The game is free to download but you can buy virtual coins using real money to add extras into your game.

There are a few things parents need to be aware of:

Disable in app purchases if you don’t want kids accidentally running up a huge bill.

There have already been cases in the USA of players getting into dangerous situations being lured away by unscrupulous people.

Watch out for your surrounds. A man in USA has already crashed his car whilst playing and two men fell off a cliff!

Pokémon Go drains your battery at a much faster rate, my iPhone lost 50% in around an hour.

Pokémon Go uses mobile data, it isn’t too heavy on the usage, but you might want to cap your data allowance so you don’t get unexpected bills.

On the upside anything that gets kids out of the house and exercising is a good thing. It is sociable and it has certainly got kids and adults talking. How long the craze will last? Let’s wait and see.

Happy ‘Putering