There’s a lot of things going on in the world. Terrorism, asteroids, a racist cheeto is running for president. But the great state of New York is doing what it can to protect the public at large: It’s banning sex offenders from playing a Pokemon Go. From the Daily News:
The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is barring all registered sex offenders under supervision from downloading, accessing, or playing such Internet gaming activities, under the directive.
Roughly 3,000 predators currently on state parole will be immediately impacted, state officials said. The state will also be sending guidance to the counties around the state that supervise another 5,000 lower level convicted sex offenders urging them to adopt the new policy.
Why is this the number one priority over, say, homelessness or jobs? You know, video games and kids and phones and sex.
“Protecting New York’s children is priority number one and, as technology evolves, we must ensure these advances don’t become new avenues for dangerous predators to prey on new victims,” [Gov] Cuomo said. “These actions will provide safeguards for the players of these augmented reality games and help take one more tool away from those seeking to do harm to our children.”
Turns out, there’s a whole damn commision set up just to protect the kids from video game pedos:
The order and letter came two days after state Sens. Jeffrey Klein and Diane Savino released a report titled “Protecting Our Children: How Pokémon Go and Augmented Reality Games Expose Children To Sex Offenders.”
The two state senators found a gym near a sex offender’s house. Augmented reality games could pose a threat to children but more likely money for mental health and better policing would do better than banning things. But you know, those mental health funding isn’t a game that young people are playing and, you know, kids and the internet and stuff.