The ACMA have partnered with the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner to give some helpful tips to kids and parents alike who have been swept up in the Pokémon madness. You can find their tips below:
Why has it hit the news recently?
While Pokémon Go has the advantages of getting kids (and their parents)—and anyone more generally—outside and encouraging exploring and adventures in your local environment, recent media coverage has highlighted risks, including:
locations that could be unsuitable for young players and adults
child players being too young to play the game unsupervised
the real risk of interacting with others who are not suitable for the child
safety risks of walking while looking at a phone while playing.
Remember—no Pokémon is worth risking your safety and those around you.
How to get GO-ing
Tips for users
Download the app from an official store—Apple’s App Store for iPhones or the Google Play Store for Androids—so you don’t get a potentially dangerous fake version (malware) of Pokémon Go.
Watch out for, or restrict, in-app purchases of PokéCoins to avoid any unexpected credit card charges. The current cost of PokéCoins ranges from $1.49 for 100 to $159.99 for 14,500.
Arrangements for in-app purchases vary across app and mobile providers. There are a few ways you can be charged. The most common is through the Apple App Store and Google Play, where the purchases are charged to the credit card or other payment arrangement linked to your account. You can disable in-app purchases made this way by changing the settings on your smartphone (find out how for iPhones and Androids).
The other, less common way you can be charged is through direct carrier billing(DCB), where the purchases are charged to your phone bill. If your mobile service allows DCB, you may need to contact your mobile phone company if you wish to limit or disable this functionality.