CAN PIKACHU REALLY EDUCATE YOUR KIDS?
Pokémon Go is the bane of every parent’s life. Or is it? It’s just possible that your child’s obsession with the little cartoon creatures could have an upside.
Every parent worries about Pokémon Go. The influence of one little app on the brains and imaginations of our children and, let’s face it, a growing number of adults – even parents (shock, horror) – has been phenomenal.
You’d have to be living on a desert island not to have heard of Pokémon. In fact, not even a desert island can save you because Pokémon Go now reaches the furthest corners of the globe.
And this is where the education part comes in. The location-based game allows players to ‘collect’ Pokémon monsters on their phone, using an app that lets them know if the virtual- reality creatures are lurking in real-life locations close by. One smart geography teacher at my son’s school is actually using Pokémon Go to increase students’ knowledge of the world. “Talking about the game gets their attention,” she says. “It helps keep them interested as they learn about national monuments and landmarks where cartoon characters might be hiding.”
The countries where you can now play include: the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Peru and, of course, Australia. With more countries coming online all the time, the family travel and educational opportunities start to become obvious.
Jane Sanders took her children to Europe during the last school holidays. “We found that our two children [12 and 7] not only had something in common they were willing to do together, but were eager to go to