Wednesday 18 October 2017

When worlds collide - Pokémon Go puts kids at risk of ignoring the real dangers out there

'For those of you who have been living in a cave, blissfully unaware of the craze that has taken over the world, Pokémon Go is an online mobile game that involves a virtual treasure hunt to 'catch' characters in places like gardens, churches, police stations, museums, etc' Photo: REUTERS/Sam Mircovich/Illustration/File Photo
'For those of you who have been living in a cave, blissfully unaware of the craze that has taken over the world, Pokémon Go is an online mobile game that involves a virtual treasure hunt to 'catch' characters in places like gardens, churches, police stations, museums, etc' Photo: REUTERS/Sam Mircovich/Illustration/File Photo
Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

Two days ago I found myself running around a park in Bilbao in 35 degree-heat chasing a virtual cartoon character on my phone. No, I hadn't eaten some dodgy mushrooms, I was with my kids. We were, in fact, chasing Pokémon Go characters.

Having got caught up in the fun and frenzy of the new worldwide sensation that is Pokémon Go, I was sucked in by the hype and downloaded the app. Big mistake...huge!

For those of you who have been living in a cave, blissfully unaware of the craze that has taken over the world, Pokémon Go is an online mobile game that involves a virtual treasure hunt to 'catch' characters in places like gardens, churches, police stations, museums, etc.

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