Monday, July 11, 2016

Be Careful Out There, Pokemon Fans

As parents, I'm sure it hasn't escaped your attention that there is a smartphone geo-caching type game from Pokemon called Pokemon GO  (I know many young adults, including two of my own, who are eager to play or have already.)

The app is already more popular than Tinder and is soon to outperform Twitter on Android. It's also the top free app and the top grossing app in the U.S. iPhone App Store.
All this, and it hasn't even launched globally yet. It's only available in limited markets, including Australia and the United States.
There are caveats to this as this story from CNN shows.  It's called, What Pokémon GO has to do with armed robbery and a dead body.
In a joint statement, the app's makers The Pokémon Company International and Niantic said they were aware of incidents involving some players.
"We encourage all people playing Pokémon GO to be aware of their surroundings and to play with friends when going to new or unfamiliar places. Please remember to be safe and alert at all times."
In addition, there is the danger of many people walking around, looking down at their phones on streets and other locations.  We all have experienced the issues of people walking and checking their phones.  So imagine if they are engrossed in playing a game on their phone.

Heads up (literally.)

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