- There are loads of good things about the game, and there's a reason it's become so popular, but it's important to consider the risks involved:
- Meeting people you don't know face-to-face. - The game is designed to bring people together, usually strangers; so you never know who you might meet. Never play it on your own or stay out too late. Tell your parents where you are.
- There's a physical risk. - It's easy to forget to look where you're going with this game, but you need to be careful of where you end up. There are already stories of people being lured to places that aren't safe. Some Pokémon can also be found on busy roads. Be aware of your surroundings; look up!
- It can cost a lot of money. - There are in-app purchases and other incentives which can cost up to £79.99 (14,500 Pokécoins). Make sure the app's set up without payment options.
- Access to personal data. - Pokémon Go asks for personal information like your birth date and email address, which you are asked to enter or receive through social media accounts. Your parents have the right to contact the creators to stop them from using your personal information.
Please note below the safety notification from the NSPCC regarding the new Pokemon game, 'Pokemon Go'. Pokémon Go We’re not saying don’t play it… We’re saying, please please please, play it safely. Some guidelines from the NSPCC about the risks: