Najat Vallaud-Belkacem concerned that the Pokémon GO game poses “security concerns” in schools and colleges.
students can hunt Pokémon in the playground, but the Minister of Education sets conditions. At his press conference back, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said it had made an appointment with Niantic, publisher of the game Pokémon phenomenon GO, “to ask that there is no rare Pokémon in schools. “
the risk is not only that students are distracted during class. The real problem is security order. Minister fears to see schools and colleges turn into place of haven for Pokémon hunters. And because some institutions appear as “Pokéstop” or battle arenas in the augmented reality game. These places may attract “many people, beyond the students,” worries the minister, who believes that “the enthusiasm around the game” pose “security concerns”. The summer events have repeatedly shown that uncontrollable crowd movements could form the appearance of a Pokémon “rare”.
To guard against these risks, which are superimposed to a terrorist threat high school principals, principals and headmasters can ask Niantic their establishment is “excluded from the mapping of the game”. Many hospitals and museums are well marked as “inappropriate places” on a form dedicated to the publisher’s website.