Attorney general warns parents about ‘Pokemon Go’ dangers

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Pokemon Go is displayed on a cell phone in Los Angeles on Friday, July 8, 2016. Just days after being made available in the U.S., the mobile game Pokemon Go has jumped to become the top-grossing app in the App Store. And players have reported wiping out in a variety of ways as they wander […]

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico’s top prosecutor is warning parents that the hit game “Pokemon Go” comes with risks for children who play it.

Attorney General Hector Balderas says the game offers the benefit of getting youth outside to exercise since it requires some walking, but the game can also bring children into contact with strangers and lure them to places that may not be safe.

The attorney general’s warning comes after Dona Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio warned parents to pay close attention to their children’s whereabouts when they play game since some of the app’s key stops are located near the homes of registered sex offenders.

The “Pokemon Go” craze that swept the U.S. this summer pairs GPS and smartphone camera technology to send players to real-world sites in pursuit of animated monsters on their screens.

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