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No Pokémon Go for Sexual Predators in New York

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Gotta protect ’em all!

Unless you’ve been living off the grid, you are familiar with the explosive overnight popularity of the game Pokémon Go. While Pokémon was originally targeted at children, many of adults have embraced the game on their smartphones. Hunting Pokémon is the new fad for all ages, but there is one downsides to this fun, inclusive game: Sex offenders and pedophiles potentially knowing where your children are going. While the game has only been around for a few weeks, New York State has already taken action.

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All states need to evolve

A New York State of Mind

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the Department of Corrections to put a ban on all “internet enabled gaming activities, including Pokémon Go” for all sex offenders on parole. Cuomo’s office announced this via a press release. Cuomo stated, “As technology evolves, we must ensure these advances don’t become new avenues for dangerous predators to prey on new victims.”

It’s better to be safe than sorry

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The ban started on August 1, and affects about 3,000 convicted men and women. There is no evidence that anyone has been assaulted yet due to Pokémon Go: This is a preemptive measure to protect children and adults. In a recent report that looked at a sample size of NYC found the game placed Pokémon near level 2 and 3 sex offenders’ home over 50 percent of the time. Not only that, Pokéstops and Gyms were located within half a block of “convicted pedophiles’ residences” 60 percent of the time. That’s frightening news for anybody who plays the game, but especially parents.

However, there have been close calls with these pervs. In California, a Pokéstop was at the entrance of a rehab center that helps sex offenders. Also, there was reported case where a registered sex offender in Indiana was playing the game with an underaged boy until he was seen by two local probations officers.