As the newest craze sweeps the world, we are reading reports each day of players being hit by cars, falling off cliffs, walking onto railway lines, entering mines, even finding dead bodies and being bitten by poisonous snakes. Criminals are also using the ‘Lure‘ action to draw players to a specific location and mugging them for their phones.
You of course want to “catch them all” but as you go off exploring the augmented reality of Pokemon Go you need to remember the dangers of the real world and be respectful of those around you.
Here are our 13 Safety Advice, Etiquette Reminders & Tips for Pokemon Go Players:
- Only download the official version by Niantic from Google Play or Apple App Store
- Don’t forget that the app’s GPS uses a lot of your phone’s battery and you could find yourself with a dead phone pretty quickly. Although the data uses for the game has been praised at using very little. Perhaps consider buying a battery case or portable battery charger.
- Plan your route and take refreshments and a snack; you don’t want to get dehydrated and not be anywhere near a shop.
- Always tell someone where you are going.
- Think about where you are travelling on your adventures? Are you familiar with your surroundings? Consider staying to streets that you know well when out at night.
- Be aware of your surroundings; it is easy to lose your bearings when you are not paying attention.
- Take your eyes off your phone whilst crossing roads.
- Do not trespass on private property; it is disrespectful and illegal.
- Do not venture into unsafe areas such as railway lines or mines; remember that Pokemon characters move to different locations within the game so just wait for it to relocate.
- Avoid suspicious or isolated locations, especially if you are on your own.
- Be respectful, do not hunt Pokemon in places of worship or grave yards. Use your common sense.
- Never play Pokemon Go whilst driving.
- Disabling the AR function avoids taking photos of your surrounding during the capture and it makes the Pokemon easier to catch and improves battery life.
Be aware, be safe and have fun!