Pokemon Go!

Pokemon Go!

Love it or loathe it, it has been quite difficult to avoid the latest craze of Pokemon Go recently! You may be playing it yourself, or your children may be pestering you to download it to their phones for the summer. If your children or family are interested in the game, then it may be a good idea to arm yourself with all of the information about it first, including the potenital risks it poses to users;

  • Meeting strangers – rare characters attract large crowds to the same locations, and although Pokemon Gym Battles can be conducted virtually, they are also developing in the real-world as places to meet up with other players
  • Physical safety – being glued to a phone screen whilst walking the streets is not ideal! There have already been stories form the US about people being hit by cars whilst playing the game instead of playing attention to their surroundings
  • In-App purchases – the game it automatically setup to allow in-app purchases, which could run up huge bills. Check your settings before giving to your child!

The following guides give further, more comprehensive information about the using Pokemon Go, and also give you tips on how to ensure it is used safely.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/pokemon-go-parents-guide/

http://swgfl.org.uk/magazine/Pokemon-Go-the-new-craze-sweeping-the-digital-sphe

As with any new ‘craze’, the best thing for parents to do is to keep an eye out for new information and guidelines.

As always, if you require any further help or support in this or any other online issue, please come and talk to a member of staff.

 

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