Pokemon Go

Stay Safe when Playing Pokemon Go

Lynnetta Eyachabbe

We know, we know. You guys are just trying to have fun and catch the elusive Pikachu. And you should! But we want you to do it safely.

Here are some important things to keep in mind when you’re playing Pokémon Go:

  • Be aware of situations or locations that could be dangerous. Sometimes a capture isn’t possible when it’s in a risky location or on private property. There will be others!
  • Take a friend when visiting PokeStops and PokeGyms. When you’re distracted it’s easier for predators to commit crimes against you–keeping a friend close helps prevent this.
  • Do not attempt to catch while driving. Also! No texting. 🙂
  • The app will attract cyber criminals due to its popularity. Here’s some free mobile security for your device.
  • To keep patient data safe, Pokémon Go is not allowed in health patient areas such as Goddard Health Center. They will not accommodate Pokémon Go players anywhere in the building.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings–know who is around and (please!) do not walk into traffic. Some of our OU landmarks may be PokeStops and PokeGyms, but remember to treat these areas as you would any other campus location.
  • Be aware of phishing messages disguised as legitimate messages about your Pokémon account. These messages may appear to be related to lockouts or resets and may ask you to provide personal information. Your OU email address should not be used for the app.
  • Review the privacy agreement and understand that any app that uses the GPS feature stores a lot of information about you–where you go, when you went there, how you got there, how long you stayed, and who else was there.
  • Know what information the app is collecting about you and what you are sharing. Initially Niantic, Inc. policy allowed access to your entire Google account. The first patch to the game fixed the scope of the access, but you do have to sign out and sign back in to see this change.