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Mobile gamers reminded not to risk own safety for Pokémon

20 Jul 2016 15:00 PM

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Police in Sunderland and South Tyneside are reminding mobile gamers using Pokémon Go not to put their own safety in danger.

The new mobile game app has been sweeping the nation and sending messages to gamers telling them where to find Pokemon. However, some of the locations of the virtual creatures are located in places which could see the user potentially put themself in danger, for example getting too close dangerous edges.

Officers want to remind children and parents not to put themselves at unnecessary risk.

The NSPCC has also released a guide for parents to keep children safer whilst playing on the app.

Southern Area Command Chief Inspector Paul Milner said: "Pokémon Go is a fantastic game, it gets people out and about visiting new places and is great fun and I want to make it clear that the last thing we want to do is spoil that fun for people. However, we are mindful that the school holidays are coming up and we know children will be playing the game and want to make sure they are safe.

"We've been made aware that some children may be putting themselves at danger by getting too close to cliff edges and we just want to remind both children and parents to make sure they keep a safe distance from dangerous edges.

"I've been reliably informed that you can still catch Pokémon from quite a distance and while they might not be as close as they would like it is important children are not putting themselves in danger."

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council said: "Despite Pokémon Go being a popular phenomenon it is vital that people play safely.

"Individuals should be aware of their personal safety at all times and also take the time to  look out for others who might be putting themselves at risk.

"I would also make an appeal to parents to ensure that their children follow the simple rules about online safety when sharing information on the app. We want people to stay safe whilst they explore South Tyneside."

The NSPCC app can be found by visiting:- 

 

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

 





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