Police are urging parents and teachers to speak to young people about staying safe when using the recently launched Pokemon Go app.
The app allows people to set up a ‘beacon’ which can then encourage other users to reach a specific venue and police are concerned it could be the latest way online criminals attempt to target victims.
Detective Superintendent Joanne Rawlinson, from GMP’s public protection division, said:
Advice to users is:
- Be cautious about alerting strangers to where you will be in future
- Be careful where you leave ‘beacons’
Parents, supervise children when using the app
Always pay attention to your surroundings, especially in built up areas
Where possible play with friends and stay in a group
Avoid playing near roads
Play at home – you can use lures to attract Pokémon to you
·Keep your device safe – you can still play with your phone out of sight, it will vibrate when a Pokémon is near
Don’t play while driving
For more information on child sexual exploitation and who to contact if you have any concerns that a young person you know may be a victim of child sexual exploitation visit www.itsnotokay.co.uk.
You can also report it to Greater Manchester Police by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If someone is in immediate danger, dial 999.