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Pokémon Go: more safety tips

By Ann-Marie Corvin

Following the fantastic reception that our Pokémon Go Parent’s Guide received on social media, which we published when the game was first released, software experts at Protection 1 Security Solutions contacted us to offer their own safety tips. Given that the game has been out for a couple of months now, we thought some of these points might act as a helpful reminder as the interest in the game is still incredibly strong. You can access the full Protection 1 Security Solutions article here

  • Check the weather forecast

Trainers who play Pokémon Go on a daily basis should have an idea what the weather is going to be like before heading out. If your child decides to walk to Pokéstops or make the trek that’s required to hatch an egg, then advise them to take frequent breaks, find shade on a hot day or bring along extra water. Also, be aware of the surrounding terrain. Any unexpected hills, steps, drop-offs or heavily forested areas could lead to serious injury.

  • Be mindful of other trainers

Other Pokémon Go players are still strangers: the majority of trainers are probably strangers, so it’s important that your child stick with a friend at a Pokéstop or catch Pokémon in an area where they can seek immediate help if necessary. If you’re a parent of a child who plays Pokémon Go, discuss stranger safety rules together and set some gaming boundaries.

  • Dark alleys and deserted areas should be avoided 

People might use remote Pokéstops or the game’s Lure Module to attract nearby players for the wrong reasons. There have been reports over the summer of players who have travelled to suspicious Pokéstops who have then experienced theft or other threatening incidents.

  • Avoid inappropriate locations and don’t trespass

The game uses geolocation technology to determine Pokéstops and gyms. While many of these are places of interest, some might not be appropriate. Remind your child to avoid playing the game in sacred or serious locations such as churches, cemeteries, memorial museums or hospitals and never trespass on private property.

  • Be aware of battery life and data usage

The GPS and camera functions on your child’s phone will eat up battery life. There are settings that players can adjust their phone to, but if your child is planning to play the game for an extended period of time then they need to track their phone battery and bring along a portable charger. In addition, make sure that they keep an eye on data usage. Playing the game frequently might put you over your monthly data limit, resulting in a higher phone bill.