My son (16) showed me the game and I thought it looked neat. My other 3 (18, 6, and 8) thought it would be fun to play. I loaded it on my wife's and my phones. I handed the two phones to my little ones, the older ones downloaded the app themselves and we set off on a mission to collect Pokemon. During the time we went out, my kids would if they "could go get that Pokemon." Sometimes I would say yes and other times I would say no. There are just parts of the city where we don't go, because we don't. We came up with some rules. Not me, they did.
- Don't run into stuff. I told them that they were allowed to look at the phone, but that I was not going to stop them from running into things, but that I would laugh if they did. You could get hurt.
- We also had a screens off when in or crossing the street rule (self explanatory). Everybody knows that would be dangerous.
- You have to be able to tell me the name of the place we are walking. If you don't know what it is, then it might not be safe.
- The Marco Polo rule (a constant in our family). If I yell Marco, you have to yell polo. I don't like getting lost.
- Buddy system. It is safer than being alone.