Pokémon Go - safety tips

2016-09-28 06:00

THE new mobile app has won the hearts of millions around the world. What makes the game different is its “augmented reality game play” where players can see animated characters called “Pokémon creatures”.

It provides a real-life background using your cellphone camera and allows you to throw balls at these monsters to catch the incubated Pokémon eggs.

The game offers a range of benefits, but parents and game players should be aware of real-life threats.

Let’s discuss the Pokémon Go advantages first.

The name says it all - “Go” - no more sitting on the couch and being lazy. This interactive game gets you off the couch and into the real world and sometimes you’ll walk the extra mile to catch Pokémon. It’s not a bad exercise and interactive app. You get to explore your town and neighbourhood in a new way with friends and creating a new great socialising platform.

Morné Potgieter provides useful information.

Pokémon Go - safety tips

Not released in South Africa, it’s against policy to download and can be banned in future from the game.

As a parent co-pilot with your children and experience it with them to understand what they are up to.

Don’t Pokémon Go and drive

Be aware of your surroundings

In groups is safer and more fun.

Don’t get obsessed, stay real

Walking to reach these animated characters is exercise

Report locations, and apply for Pokémon spots. This feature is there to protect you and others in dangerous areas.

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