View Poll Results: What do you think of PokemonGo

Voters
24. You may not vote on this poll
  • The game should be banned

    5 20.83%
  • I survived Parachute Pants and Aquanet, I can survive this fad.

    2 8.33%
  • Nice to see kids out, even if its not my cup of tea

    11 45.83%
  • I (would) have a Pikachu tattoo.

    6 25.00%
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 22
  1. #1

    Default Pokemon Go! .... Go Away, or yippie yay! ?

    I hear bad press about PokemonGo... people driving off cliffs, people getting shot as mistaken for intruders.... etc.

    But everyone I know who actually plays it (all gaming adults) enjoy it. These include a lumberjack from Canada (Lives in Prince George... isnt that where one of our SHSers lives?), a college student at Uni of Tenn, and a Michigan dad of two kids who told me "Because of it, we have gotten out more in the last two weeks than we had all the last two years." He takes his kids to parks and hiking... where they all play.

    Its also a huge change for me to see kids OUTSIDE, walking around. Yah they have their phones out, but they arent just sitting on their butts!
    At our park today, though, I saw a homemade sign telling people that our park wasnt a Pokemon hub. Clearly, some neighbor is opposed to it.

    My understanding of the game is that you hunt and find these pokemons, then to make them hatch you have to walk (or run or ride a bike) a certain distance (I think one distance is 10KM) to make them hatch. And multiple people get together for training their pokemons and taking over other teams pokemon bases.

    Whats everyone else's experience with it? Would you let your kids play? Does it horrify you that kids are out of the house? Do you play it?
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

  2. Ratings Request Leaderboard
  3. #2

    Default

    I don't know how to vote.

    I am holding off on using it because we had so many summer activities, I wanted to use it when they all end and I need to bribe DS to go outside.
    A mama who teaches college writing, as well as help her 12-year-old in
    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.

  4. #3
    Senior Member Arrived TFZ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Posts
    1,609
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default

    How fun. Life gaming. DS is oblivious. I'm not into it, but I was just past the cutoff for Pokemon. I have a couple cousins that are playing without kids. Whatever geeks you out is fine with me.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

    I gather all kinds of secular homeschool resources and share them at TheHomeschoolResourceRoom.com.

  5. #4
    Senior Member Evolved Deli76's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    TX
    Posts
    957
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default

    Pokemon was a big thing when ds was like 5. All I heard about was Pokemon! I thought it was over and done with years ago. So when the app came out, first it was hubby...ugh....then it was dd. Surprisingly ds has not gotten into it. But now I have dd and hubby asking me to drive around...sloooowly...so they can "catch them all"!!! But ds does help them with whos stronger than who when it comes to pokemon. Ds was telling me he read something about nerds (not meant to be mean, but a compliment, we are all nerds in one way or another in this house), finally getting out and finding dates. Oh geez. I do like that people are getting out more with this app and game. They are staring at their phones and not really the scenery, but they are out. We have an obesity problem in the U.S. . If this gets people moving, then so be it. Enjoy!!!
    Bobo 13 yrs old - marches to the beat of her own drum, driven, out going and loud, yet she loves nature
    Booger Boy 21 yrs old - quiet, self assured, confident and laying his own path

    umbers cucumbers!!!!

  6. #5

    Default

    My hubby pointed out to me that even when the app isnt running, it is monitoring the phone's location (for tallying of distance traveled, ostensibly). So the company knows the stores you go into, how long it takes to get from point A to B, what your routine is as far as location goes.
    Which is a little creepy, I admit.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

  7. #6

    Default

    I can't read the paper without seeing several articles lately about people who trespass while playing, cause accidents while playing, start fights....

    DH says it's a good way to ruin an outside experience. Get out and SEE the world, listen to birds, smell the flowers. (I'm the grump who voted to ban!)
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

  8. #7

    Default

    To each his/her own. Not in any way my thing; but I'm not a gamer. I suppose it does get people out of doors, which is good. But the idea of experiencing the environment through the lens of the world of fantastical beings strikes me as odd.
    DD age 9, Grade 4ish

    Eclectic. We do music, math English, history/geography/culture, Russian and science. Lots and lots of reading. I blog at suzukiexperience.com

    WARNING: Unwittingly, I may occasionally say things to which you take offence.

  9. #8

    Default

    "But the idea of experiencing the environment through the lens of the world of fantastical beings strikes me as odd." LOL!!! MNDAD, that's kind of how I feel about Facebook

    Yeah, the whole thing is a bit odd....and the big brother, creepy factor that AM mentioned....no thanks.
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

  10. #9
    IEF
    Guest

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    My hubby pointed out to me that even when the app isnt running, it is monitoring the phone's location (for tallying of distance traveled, ostensibly). So the company knows the stores you go into, how long it takes to get from point A to B, what your routine is as far as location goes.
    Which is a little creepy, I admit.
    Roy Schestowitz posted some very disturbing articles about this on my Diaspora* yesterday. There's no way I can dig them all up, but here are a few concerns anyway:

    https://pod.orkz.net/posts/3216007

    https://pod.orkz.net/posts/3216019

    Older:

    Pokemon Go Is A "Malware" And "Hackers' Dream", Security Experts Say


    Oliver Stone: Pokemon Go Is a ‘New Level of Invasion’ | Variety

    HTH

  11. #10

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by muddylilly View Post
    "But the idea of experiencing the environment through the lens of the world of fantastical beings strikes me as odd." LOL!!! MNDAD, that's kind of how I feel about Facebook
    ML: Facebook as a world of fantastical beings... I can see that!
    DD age 9, Grade 4ish

    Eclectic. We do music, math English, history/geography/culture, Russian and science. Lots and lots of reading. I blog at suzukiexperience.com

    WARNING: Unwittingly, I may occasionally say things to which you take offence.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
About us

SecularHomeschool.com was created to provide information, resources, and a place to share and connect with secular homeschoolers across the world. Secularhomeschool.com aims to be your one-stop shop for all things homeschool! We will be highlighting information about wonderful secular homeschool resources, and keeping you up to date with what is going on in the world of secular homeschooling. But that is only the beginning. SHS is your playground. A place to share the things that are important to you. A place to create and join groups that share your interests. A place to give and get advice. There are no limits to what you can do at Secular Homeschool, so join today and help build the community you have always wanted.

SecularHomeschool.com is a community and information source where secular homeschoolers ARE the majority. It is the home for non-religious homeschoolers, eclectic homeschoolers, freethinking homeschoolers AND anyone interested in homeschooling irrespective of religion. This site is an INCLUSIVE community that recognizes that homeschoolers choose secular homeschool materials and resources for a variety of reasons and to accomplish a variety of personal and educational goals. Although SecularHomeschool.com, and its members, have worked hard to compile a comprehensive directory of secular curricula, it does not attest that all materials advertised on our site, in our newsletters, or on our social media profiles are 100% secular. Rather, SecularHomeschool.com respects the aptitude of each individual homeschool parent to fully research any curriculum before acquiring it, to ensure that it holistically meets the educational, personal, and philosophical goals of each homeschooler.

Join us
Pokemon Go! .... Go Away, or yippie yay! ?