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Pokemon Go causing states to consider safety legislation

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Pokemon Go is the game sweeping the nation and now causing new legislation to keep its players safe.

The game is based on virtual reality. It requires players to capture Pokemon creatures living in and around public places and then battle other gamers.

Many of the game's designated areas are in parks and along city sidewalks.

New York recently passing a law that bans sex offenders from playing Pokemon Go and other online games and other states considering a similar law.

"I don't think it is a good idea for anybody to be out doing it by yourself," said player Travis Christensen.

With things like PokeStops and Gyms set in permanent locations, it is very easy for a sex offender playing the game to know where to find the next victim.

The game just a month old. Iowa has not yet set any legislation into motion to protect Pokemon Go players.

But according to State Senator Jeff Danielson, recently updated Online Enticement Laws in Iowa could be used in the meantime.

"We always need to keep in mind, technology can be used for good or evil. In those cases where it is being used for evil by sex offenders we should stop it," said Danielson.

Local players are split on the idea of banning sex offenders from the game.

"I think it would be a good idea if they did that," said Christensen.

 "I don't know if legislation is the answer or if just better parenting," said parent and player Matt Degonia.

 Cedar Falls Police say Pokemon Go isn't any different than any other activities for kids. Parents need to make sure their kids are supervised when playing the game. 

Senator Danielson says the legislation is a possibility, but wouldn't even be considered until legislative sessions begin in January.

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