A warning is being issued to youngsters to be aware of their surroundings whilst playing Pokémon Go – the latest online game taking the world by storm.
Officers are issuing the warning following a report received today (Monday, July 18) of two youths seen on their phones on the A55 near Holyhead.
The aim of the game is to walk around your neighbourhood trying to find Pokémon characters by using a smartphone camera, where it overlays images over the ‘real world’ on screen. People can then ‘catch’ the Pokémon character and add them to their collection.
Officers are issuing the following advice to gamers:
· Don’t make yourself vulnerable. Don’t be tempted to take your phone out in busy or unlit areas where you could be a target for thieves
· Concentrate on dangers around you and be careful when crossing the road – don’t just focus on your device
· Never play the game while driving
· Don’t trespass on private property
Superintendent Jane Banham, Head of Community Safety at North Wales Police said: “With schools closing for the summer holidays there will be many children taking to the streets to play the game.
“However, we are asking players to exercise common sense whilst playing to make sure they are aware of their surroundings.
“Children should make sure they tell their parents where they are going when playing and parents should speak to their children about the associated risks.”
Further advice on staying safe online whilst playing the game is available via www.getsafeonline.org