After a Terrying Accident, This Mom Wants You to Say “NO” to Your Kids Playing Pokémon Go

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One Pennsylvania mom thinks that no matter HOW fun it is, and no matter the benefits, that parents should NOT let their kids play the new app that’s all the rage, Pokémon Go. The app based on the popular card game/TV show debuted last week and has since taken the world by storm, getting kids and families active as they go outside and hunt for Pokémon.

But for Tracy Nolan’s 15-year-old daughter, Autumn, the hunt almost turned deadly on her first time out playing the game. Nolan says Autumn was attempting to cross a busy highway to find a Pokémon that the game was directing her toward when she was struck by a car. She was rushed to the hospital, and is banged up, but will recover from her injuries.

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Though I would urge parents to play WITH their kids, and instruct them on how to use extreme caution, Nolan says she things that parents shouldn’t let kids play at all. “Parents, don’t let your kids play this game because you don’t want to go through what I went through last night. I really thought I was losing my daughter,” she told WPXI TV in Pittsburgh.

What do you think, moms and dads? Is this game too dangerous to play? My husband’s been playing with my kids, on his phone, and he always goes with them, but I think despite Autumn’s accident, most teens can handle it on their own. What are your thoughts?


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Jenny Rapson
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