Travel Tip of the Day: Pokemon Go Safety

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I’m pretty sure you found yourself scratching your head when you found out that much of the world was going bananas over a new free app called . The app uses Google Maps and GPS, making it almost surreal as you try to catch Pokemon characters in real life. (FYI: Pokemon comes from the words “pocket monsters” and it became popular in the 1990s after the release of animated television shows and video games.)

I downloaded and caught my first Pokemon while in Connecticut last week. I needed some help from my brother’s kids, who showed me the ropes. It was fun, but I didn’t allow myself to get sucked into it like so many people around the globe have. It’s fun to play, but it can be both a safety concern and inappropriate. Why? Because users are getting so engrossed in the game that , , and, in some cases, like cemeteries, at memorials and inside some museums (see below).

Think twice (or for some people, three times!) about your surroundings before you play Pokemon Go.

Related: It’s not all bad! Via Skift, .



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