Police concerns over Pokemon Go craze
19 July 2016
Pokemon Go players and the public are being urged to use common
sense to avoid wasting police time and be conscious of internet safety as the
smartphone game craze sweeps the nation.
game was launched in the UK last week and already a 999 call has been made in
Gloucestershire by a player reporting that another user had “stolen” a Pokemon,
while in Nottinghamshire a group of players were reported for “suspicious”
and frivolous 999 calls are an ongoing issue for police forces, and Simon Kempton,
the Police Federation of England and Wales lead for cyber crime, outlines his
spurious phone call is just one of thousands fielded by the police and other
emergency services every year. All of these calls take time to respond to and
take our members and other police resources away from those who actually need
concerns have also been raised in relation to the App, including reports of
users driving whilst playing. However, one of the largest areas of concern is
younger players revealing their location online.
Kempton added: “It’s vital that parents are teaching themselves how to be safe
on the internet so that they can in turn ensure their children are safe.
also like to see internet safety further integrated into the national
curriculum with IT lessons at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 so that all children
are taught up to date safety around the use of computers.
this is already part of the curriculum but doesn’t necessarily focus on the
types of sites and apps that children are using.”
help keep themselves safe people should consider playing it in groups rather
than individually meaning they can look after each other, particularly from the
potential threat of strangers."
Further tips and advice for
keeping children safe on Pokémon Go can be found on the NSPCC website