Date Release: 5 September 2016
CWC appeals to the public to be vigilant on injuries amid the Pokemon GO games!
The ‘augmented reality’ Pokemon game called Pokemon Go has become popular so fast among the Filipinos, which has been officially released in just three countries (Aus, New Zealand and U.S). It has caught a harmony with gamers and has raced its way to the top of the charts on both the iPhone OS and Android application stores.
Niantic, Inc., an American software development company based in San Francisco, California best known for developing and publishing Pokemon Go recently released that it has already found a huge following among gamers, but it can be harmful to the person playing the game unless the person is careful (source: Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia).
In the Philippines, people whether young or adult are fond of playing Pokemon Go games as seen in news reports or even in actual day to day experience. However, some people are getting too engrossed in the game and in turn getting injured which is partly because the game transforms the real world into a Pokemon catching arena. People get so immersed in catching Pokemon that they ignore the risks of real world that might take place like playing Pokemon Go while driving or walking along the city’s streets. “It has been reported that multiple people suffered minor injuries from falling while playing the game due to being distracted. Also, reports from other countries include accidents due to inattentive driving, trespassing, and being targeted by criminals due to being unaware of one’s surroundings (Sources: Manila Bulletin; GMA News Online). Specially, the minor or children as patronage who were considered as the most vulnerable sector in our society because of susceptibility and helplessness in different forms of danger.
The CWC strongly appeals to parents, teachers, duty holders and stakeholders in the community to be on guard and provide guidance to the children/minors regarding the consequences of being preoccupied in playing Pokemon Go which might hamper their growth and development and cause injuries or accidents.
Ma. Edna L. Estal
Public Affairs Information Office
Council for the Welfare of Children
Telephone No. 7811039 local 1006