Moot boys attacked while playing Pokémon Go

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The police in the Moot has issued a warning about safety when using a cellphone in public.

They spoke after two primary school learners were attacked and robbed while playing Pokémon Go on Saturday.

This happened on the corner of Louis Trichard Street and 24th Avenue in Rietfontein.

The boys, 12 and 13 years old, noticed a red Ford following them right before a man grabbed one of them in a strangling grip.

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The men took one of the boys’ phone and when the other tried to resist, he was slapped through the face.

The second boy’s phone was also taken and the men sped away in their vehicle.

Villieria police spokesperson Captain Coba Brits said residents should always keep safety in mind when using a cellphone in public.

“Do not walk and talk on your phone when in public and do not keep all electronic devices like laptops and mobile phones in sight,” she said.

She said residents should be aware of their environment and to be extra careful at WiFi hotspots.

Pokémon Go, released in July last year, is a free-to-play Android and IOS game based on the hit console turn-based strategy game series Pokémon.

In the game you run around capturing Pokémon creatures‚ which are monsters that you can train and use in battle with other people‚ using Pokeballs.

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A statement by Health.com offered some tips for Pokémon Go players:

Always keep in mind that Pokémon Go is an “augmented reality” game.

The game is partly virtual and partly based in reality. Players need to go out into the real world to play.

Since players will be out in the real world, they should be cautious about safety, especially considering they may be distracted by watching the screens of their phones.

“Always make sure your children understand they must be careful in public spaces,” the site advises.

Children should never cross a street or ride any wheeled vehicle such as a bicycle or scooter with their eyes on the phone.

“If you are old enough to drive, make a firm rule forbidding any driving while playing Pokémon Go.”

Consider not allowing your child under the age of 10 to own their own Smartphone, so they would need a parent’s assistance to access the game.

This allows you to control where and when the game can be played.

Health.com also reminds children to be polite even when caught up in the game.

“Make sure your kids remember to apply good manners, especially when someone is talking to them while they are playing the game.”

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