If you are a parent—or a person living and breathing in July of 2016—you’ve probably heard something about Pokémon GO. There’s been tremendous buzz in the media about the whirlwind impact this “augmented reality video game” (perhaps a new term you’ve recently learned from your child) has had on society. As I understand it, the game is played on a smartphone and involves seeking out various locations in the “real world” where GPS and camera features work to capture Pokémon characters.
Let’s face it—this game qualifies as a phenomenon! There are headlines citing dangers, players singing praises, and downloads happening at record rates. Whenever something takes hold this quickly, parents need to be in the know. So, here are the three things to keep in mind when figuring out if and when your child joins the other 30 million Pokémon GO players worldwide:
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