ALBANY — Two senators on Friday announced they will introduce legislation to make sure players of the wildly popular Pokemon Go game, which sends players into the real world to find virtual game characters through their cellphones, be restricted so children aren’t directed toward registered sex offenders’ homes.
Sens. Jeffrey Klein and Diane Savino said their bill would prohibit certain sex offenders from playing such games that attract children. Many of highest level sex offenders are already prohibited from using social media.
The legislation also would require game developers to make sure the objectives of players aren’t located within 100 feet of sex offenders’ addresses.
Klein said 57 Pokemon characters in New York City were located near registered pedophiles’ homes.
“While children believe they are out to catch a Pokemon, what might really be lurking could be a predator instead of a Pikachu,” said Klein (D-Bronx), head of the Independent Democratic Conference in the Senate.
“It’s absurd that a high-level predator should be allowed to have this map at his or her fingertips in the first place,” said Savino (D-Staten Island), also of the IDC. “We devised simple solutions in light of this alarming investigation to keep our laws up to date as technology advances.”