Fortnite – some advice for parents

July 24, 2018 Published by

Recently, the effects of gaming have been brought to the forefront as a result of the video game, Fortnite. 

Fortnite is quickly taking over the world as THE most popular video game, but it seems to be fuelling a new addiction.  The game has hit 125 million players worldwide just a year after it was first released, with an estimated 40 million playing monthly.

 

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Even though the game has an age restriction of 12 years, it is the talk of many a primary school playground.  There have been reports of a nine-year-old girl, from the United Kingdom, who is in rehab after becoming so addicted to Fortnite that she wet herself to avoid moving and hit her father when he tried to stop her playing. 

Some schools have taken to warning parents about the negative effects of the game.  A Bristol Primary school has posted a warning on its website, saying the game is not suitable for primary-aged children.  The warning said: “We have heard that some of our children, including a Year 3, are playing a game online called Fortnite.  Our intention is to bring this to parents’ attention so they can be alerted to what their children may be accessing online. Please talk to your child about online activity – if your child is playing this game, talk to them and make sure you know what they are doing.”

Parents need to make sure that they are aware of what the game entails.

Here’s a description of the game taken from iNews

The aim of Fornite is to stay alive, playing as an individual or as part of a team (with people across the globe) to ward off hordes of enemy monsters, build forts and defend the island’s survivors. The game automatically allows users to speak to other players through voice and text chat functions (this can be disabled). There are in-game purchases to buy outfits, weapons and other helpful items.  The game has “frequent scenes of mild violence,” and each session lasts around twenty minutes, providing you don’t get killed.

 

So, what should you do if your child is caught up in the Fortnite craze?

 

 

  1. Have an open and honest conversation with your child
  2. Play the game with them
  3. Limit game time
  4. Restrict payment methods
  5. Talk to your child about staying safe online
  6. Prevent your child from talking to strangers
  7. Show your child how to report another player

Computer games can form part of a balanced play diet but parents need to make sure that they are well informed as to what their children are playing and are able to set sensible rules for play.    

 

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This post was written by Claire Gillies

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