Killeen: Local business hosts free Pokemon Go safety seminar

Published: Jul. 24, 2016 at 9:57 AM CDT
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As Pokemon Go becomes more popular, it seems that more people are getting hurt. One local business decided to become a part of the solution to keep residents safe while playing this seemingly harmless game.

The team at Hamm's Institute of Martial Arts held a "Pokemon Go Safety Seminar" Saturday afternoon. The event was free and open to the public.

Both parents and kids came out to learn more about how they can all stay safe while playing the game.

Among the safety measures that were focused on: being aware of your surroundings at all times while playing, encouraging kids to let their parents know where they are going, being careful not to trespass on other people's property, and not playing while driving.

Everyone in attendance was treated to an hour of playing games like dodgeball and hide-and-go-seek to help demonstrate each safety measure. Alternatives were also given. For example, if you are driving and you have a child in the backseat, allow the child to play while you drive.

Owner Chris Hamm said he decided to put on Saturday's event because he's heard about the numerous accidents and robberies that have happened around the world while people have played the game and he wanted to help prevent further accidents from happening in the community.

"As a martial arts instructor, my biggest thing is security. Security for the kids, security of other people, making sure they can take care of themselves and defend themselves," Hamm said. "I want to see the community and the families flourish and do really well, and again, this is a tool for that."