The many scary dangers of playing Pokemon Go! to children

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Cybersecurity experts worry about people who will attempt to use the game’s mechanics for nefarious purposes.

Unless you have been living under a rock, chances are you have heard of Pokemon Go! It’s no doubt been on your Facebook feed, and at one point or another you may have heard it talked about or seen it in certain news websites.

But if it still makes you scratch your head, here’s a succinct description of it by Kinderling:

“It’s an augmented reality phone app based on the popular TV series and card game. Using your GPS settings and camera, the app makes Pokemon ‘appear’ in your real-time surroundings.

“Players compete to catch them (by throwing virtual Pokéballs) to level up and use in duels with other players (at locations dubbed Pokégyms).”

In short it allows you, the player, to participate and have an active role in a fictional world’s narrative, and a lot of people, both old and young, find this concept infinitely appealing.

Safety concerns

Due to its interactive nature, however, it poses certain risks and threats to the player’s safety.

Cybersecurity experts worry about people who will attempt to use the game’s mechanics for nefarious purposes.

A combination of real-world locations and in-app mechanics, the game urges  "people [to] gather at those places frequently, day or night,” said Director of Northeast Cybersecurity and Forensics Center at Utica College Anthony Martino in a WKTV News report.

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