It’s no shock that I’m no friend of sex offenders, and if I see an app that is prone to abuse by them I’ll call it out. However, when I see an article that’s pure FUD that involves the two, I just can’t let it go.
For example, I found an article out of Florida from a news station that ‘revealed’ sex offenders that were living near Pokemon Go gyms and Pokestops. As the article explains…
They stop at PokéStops to buy items and at PokéGyms to battle each other, but those stops and gyms can be anywhere—including where CBS12 found more than 1,000 registered sex offenders.
Do you know where else there are Pokestops and gyms? They’re near schools, churches, libraries, museums, and businesses. They are almost everywhere. Hell, there was even a gym in front of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. Unfortunately, in this day and age, a lot of these locations will inevitably be near a registered sex offender. That does not necessarily mean that registered sex offenders are using Pokemnon Go to prey on children. It would be incredibly stupid for them to do so since they would be the first person police would go to if anything like that happened. Personally, I have only heard of one instance where children playing the game were approached by a possible predator and that guy was driving a van. I’m not saying it’s impossible, just improbable.
Instead of letting children roam freely playing Pokemon Go, maybe parents should learn how to play it and join their kids. You never know, you may actually have fun spending time with your kids doing an activity they enjoy.