Or they may just embrace it like mobile phones are largely accepted in many schools - at break times at least.

Time will tell.

As a not so tech savvy 30-something-year-old, I have had no idea what people have been talking about when they have mentioned Pokémon Go – I admit, I had to Google it.

The free location-based mobile phone, released this month for iOS and Android devices, allows players to capture, battle and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on device screens as though in the real world, using GPS and the camera of compatible device.

After logging into the app for the first time, the player creates their avatar, which is displayed at the player's current location along with a map of the player's immediate surroundings.

Features on the map include a number of PokéStops and Pokémon gyms and as players travel the real world, their avatar moves along the game's map.

Different Pokémon species reside in different areas of the world; for example, water-type Pokémon are generally found near water.

If the Pokémon is successfully caught, it will come under the ownership of the player.

The ultimate goal of the game is to complete the entries in the Pokédex, a comprehensive Pokémon encyclopedia, by capturing and evolving to obtain the original 151 Pokémon.

Pokémon Go has exploded in popularity rapidly – and many are praising its creation for getting children outside.

Since the birth of computers, young people have been chastised for spending too much time in their room playing on devices, however children are now walking miles in search Pokemon.

Parents and teachers may have concerns regarding the game, but SafeKids Aotearoa, a service of Starship Child Health, to help reduce the high rates of preventable injury to children, has issued five Pokémon Go Safety Tips:

1. Follow the rules. Remember that the Pokémon universe and ours are mashed together, and rules apply to reality and the app. If you are cycling to a Pokéstop or Pokémon gym for a battle, always wear a helmet. When crossing the road, use a zebra crossing and look out for cars. When the area is off limits or closed, do not enter it.

2. Hunt in a safe Pokémon habitat. We know it’s hard to ignore Pokémon that live around buildings, roads and train stations, however it’s safer to take the kids to public parks and beaches for a hunt.

3. Heads up, devices down when walking and crossing the road. Yes Pokémon can spawn anywhere and anytime—and if you’re not paying attention, an obstacle or a car may appear out of thin air too! Put the phone down and always be aware of the environment.

4. Be a good role model. Teach kids to respect others while they play Pokémon Go.

5. Adult supervision. You may not be able to tell the difference between a Blastoise and a Butterfree, but adults must still pay attention to children at play. Every child has a different understanding of risks, danger and road safety—most kids are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars.

Also it may pay to remember battery life is going to be short – the phone battery will run out of energy long before children do.

Pokémon Go is extremely draining as it uses a phone’s screen, camera, GPS and internet connectivity.

Make children aware of this so they can quit playing and return home or to school before they run their battery flat and lose real connectivity with parents or teachers.   

Also, consider how the mobile data usage will impact on your phone costs. 

Pokémon Go can seriously chew through data and while it can be used via wifi this will severely limit how far they can roam.

According to the  Pokémon Go database, game play uses between two megabytes to over eight megabytes per hour.

Depending on the phone plan, a data limit may need to be set.

It is worth celebrating children’s return to the outdoors – even with a device in hand – and it will be interesting to see if schools embrace or police Pokemon Go.

But it has meant holiday fun for many before returning to school. 

Visit www.safekids.nz for more pedestrian and road safety tips.