Taiwan authorities may impose a ban on Pokemon GO in schools

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Parents of schoolchildren asked to ban the game on the territory of educational campuses on the eve of the start of the new academic year.
BEIJING, 10 Aug – RIA Novosti, Ivan Bulatov. The Taiwan Department of Education may impose a ban on Pokemon GO in the island’s schools, the Central Taiwan News Agency (CNA) reported Wednesday.

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According to the agency, this was announced by the head of the local education department Pan Wenzhong. He said that parents of schoolchildren have asked to ban play on the territory of educational campuses on the eve of the start of the new school year. Pan Wenzhong noted that the department will study the experience and approaches of other countries to this problem, including a possible appeal to the developers of Pokemon GO with a request to exclude school locations from the game.

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On the eve, Radio Taiwan International reported that in less than three days since last Saturday, the island’s police have fined 861 people for violating road safety rules while playing Pokemon GO.

After the game became available in Taiwan last Saturday, various government departments issued warnings to ensure road safety and compliance with traffic regulations. Car drivers face a fine of NT $ 3,000 (US $ 95) for playing while driving, scooter drivers face a fine of NT $ 1,000, and those who create safety for local subway passengers during a game face NDT 230 fines.

The game was also banned from some public transport facilities. Play is prohibited in Taiwanese airports after personal inspection. Meanwhile, the National Museum of the Gugong Imperial Palace in Taipei has banned play on its premises for the safety of visitors and the museum’s collection.

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Pokemon GO is a free application based on “augmented reality” technology – the digital and real worlds are connected, as the picture displayed on the smartphone screen is projected onto the location of the real world. One of the main goals of the game – to catch a Pokemon (Pocket Monster – “pocket monster”) – forced many people to take to the streets, parks, beaches, completely absorbed in this process.

At the same time, experts warned that the game could lead to injury or robbery in the real world. Russian banks even offered to insure against injuries during the game. In addition, one of the veterans of the Russian special services did not rule out that the application could be used for espionage. Assistant to the Russian Prime Minister Gennady Onishchenko expressed concern that the game could seriously affect the psyche.

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