!!Don’t Go Pokemon Go!! Privacy, malware, safety, and infringement dangers

Don’t Go Pokemon Go ….& if you must, watch out!  New privacy and safety dangers are being recorded almost every day.  The game is full of health and computer hazards, and has potential to distract workers from their life-saving care.

What is the evidence?  At this point mostly anecdotal reports and the anticipated possibility that healthcare workers could be distracted from life-saving work.  You need to translate this evidence into action.  Why would you do this with such relatively weak research evidence?  Because the risks are far higher to ignore it, & essentially NO risks if you use the evidence.   The BBB lists these problems & makes some suggestions based on incoming reports:

Translating this evidence into practice?  Think before you  Pokemon Go, if at all.  Talk to your patients–when people don’t feel well they are even more likely to be distracted.

Critical thinking?  1) List specific actions that you will do to promote privacy, safety and fight malware and infringement.  These can range from “never download;never play” to…..?    When developing this list specifically address the challenges above. 2) What about patient players?  staff players?  visitor players?  How should you help them to be safe?question

 

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One thought on “!!Don’t Go Pokemon Go!! Privacy, malware, safety, and infringement dangers”

  1. I just watched two teens riding bikes down the road yesterday focused on their cellphones playing Pokémon. I am guessing that until a few are seriously injured or worse, the madness will continue. I appreciate the exercise part of it, but–to employ hyperbole– jogging into an oncoming train does not make one healthy.

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