You might think that David Attenborough and Pokémon Go was a marriage in heaven waiting to happen.
Who better than the beloved naturalist to narrate a popular game where people go hunting for exotic creatures in the wild?
Thanks to Lovin’ Dublin, the dream is now reality.
The mash-up features Attenborough describing Charmander as a “top predator” and giving a brilliant understatement on a Spearow – “It is, of course, a bird.” But the best one might be his comment on those irritating Zubat: “Bats, with their fluttering zigzag flight are not easy targets.”
One of the most frequent questions I receive from parents is about apps that teenagers are using and what a caring parents perspective should be on them.
The team from Rawhide.org have released a helpful infographic which gives a quick and concise overview of these anonymous apps – something you can share with parents.
The Church of England has written a very helpful blog post on what your church needs to know about Pokémon GO:
The NSPCC has issued advice to parents of those children playing Pokémon GO in the UK. Whilst we would encourage churches to engage with those playing the game, be they adults or children, we also understand the concerns that the NSPCC have raised with regards to keeping children safe. Our first priority as a church should be to provide a safe place for children and vulnerable adults with regards to Pokémon GO.
Please make sure you read the advice on the NSPCC’s website here:https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/pokemon-go-parents-guide/
If you have any concerns in relation to those playing Pokémon GO, please feel free to talk to your Safeguarding Officer.
First of all, what is Pokémon GO?
Pokémon GO is a mobile and tablet app game which lets players find Pokémon (Animated creatures, first created in the 90′s, which players have to catch, train and battle with). The game takes place in augmented reality (meaning the game combines real life action with virtual gaming) by using GPS as you walk around towns, cities and other locations to find the Pokémon.
The game has been an overnight sensation with millions playing it around the world.
Why does your church need to know?
Your church might be a ‘PokéStop’ – real life buildings and landmarks that players have to visit to get certain items they need to play the game. Your church could also be a ‘Gym’ where players can battle their Pokémon. (Being Gym means people spend significantly more time battling Pokémon.)
Pokémon Go is therefore giving churches around the country a great opportunity to meet people from their area who might not normally come to church. However, we all need to be aware that this game means that children under the age of 18 may come into contact with people who may present a risk.
How do you know if your church is a Pokestop or a Gym?
Download Pokémon Go on your mobile or tablet. Through the game you will be able to see if your church is a PokéStop or a gym.
You might also spot people standing outside the church on their phones who may be playing the game and at your ‘PokéStop’.
What can your church to do get involved?
Place welcome signs outside: encourage them to come inside and offer them drinks and snacks. The game also uses a lot of battery so why not create a battery charging station? If you’ve got it, let them connect to the church’s wifi
Speak to players about the game: learn how to play it yourself, it’s a good way to start a conversation that may lead on to other things.
Hold a Pokeparty like Christ Church Stonehttps://www.facebook.com/events/246500169067368/
Tweet about it: Just like St Stephens Rednal and Hope Church Islington did. Don’t forget to use #PokemonGo
Here’s some links from the last few weeks that are worth taking a few minutes to read if you’re involved in children’s and youth work:
These 15 statistics by Social Marketing Writing can help you get your message seen by more people – more retweets, followers and traffic.
Social media is a key communication channel for youth workers. One of the challenges is that all the different social media networks constantly change the goal posts in terms of how best to share your story.
The image sizes that Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and YouTube all use are all completely different. Here’s a helpful infographic for these sites
Often in youth work we have sessions where we talk about how popular is a name. This website helps you to know how popular your surname is, where your surname originated from? Or indeed how many people in the world might share it with you?
Well this online tool can give you some answers.
Did you know that while Smith is commonly believed to be one of the most popular names it’s actually the 117th most popular name in the world with only 4.2m people!
2015 was eventful!
The biggest events of the year were reflected in internet searches. Google brings us their annual montage of the things that happened, that we talked about, that we wanted to know more about, in 2015. Google trends in the UK for 2015http://Google trends in the UK for 2015.
Millennials average 9 selfies per week, spending an average of seven minutes perfecting each one before posting. That’s adds up to about 54 hours per year spent on taking & posting selfies according to this report in the International Business Times:
A recent survey from Luster Premium White, a teeth whitening brand based in Boston, calculated that the average millennial could take up to about 25,700 selfies in his or her lifetime. Ninety-five percent of young adults admitted to having taken at least one such picture of themselves.
Millennials, usually defined as people between the ages of 18 and 34, have proven particularly drawn to selfies. More than half of young adults have posted a selfie to a social media website, compared to 24 percent of Generation X-ers and 9 percent of Baby Boomers, Pew Research Center discovered last March.
Respondents to the Luster survey said they took an average of nine selfies a week and put the average amount of time needed at seven minutes. That adds up to about 54 hours a year of taking selfies, according to the survey, which included responses from 1,000 young adults.
That may sound shocking, but high numbers like those aren’t unheard of. The average 16- to 25-year-old woman spent 16 minutes taking an average of three selfies per day, or five hours a week, according to Beauty site FeelUnique, which commissioned a study earlier this year, Refinery29 reported.
Despite these figures, only 10 percent of respondents told Luster they were addicted to taking selfies.
Many of us use social media, but these days if you want people to engage it is so important that you make sure your posts are the optimal length.
Check out this infographic from Buffer to help you know what is the optimal length for not just social media updates but also for hashtags, blog posts and titles, and even subject lines for emails.
Last week I read a brilliant blog post on the dangers of posting about missing children on social media, over at Barefoot Social Work, do check it out:
I’ve seen a couple of ‘Missing Child’ posts on Facebook this week and I wanted to explain why I won’t be sharing them. They are always heart wrenching pleas for help. Some of them, I have no doubt, are genuine. I know this as a quick search on Google and I find that the police are also concerned for their whereabouts and are actively searching for them with the support of authorised charities and agencies. However, there are some that are not what they seem*.
Some are simply a hoax and some of them are not ‘missing’ at all. The child may have been adopted due to the risk of significant harm; they may be in hiding with their other parent as a result of serious domestic violence within the home; or the whole family may be in police protection and the concerned ‘father’ is not who he claims to be. Furthermore, ‘missing adults’ may wish for their location to remain anonymous, and they do have that right which we must respect. As virtual strangers we do not know the circumstances of their ‘disappearance’ and we should trust in the expertise of professionals to get the full picture.
In my current role we will share posts from Hampshire Constabulary but we haven’t shared other posts until we can verify the information for exactly the reasons outlined above.