Warning for Fortnite Users

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This is to bring to your attention a warning issued recently regarding a popular cooperative survival game called ‘Fortnite.’ The game is available on Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac, iOS, Nintendo Switch and Android. It is a game set in contemporary Earth, where sudden appearances of a worldwide storm cause 98% of the world’s population to disappear and zombie-like creatures rise to attack the remainder. In the UK, the Video Standards Council rates Fortnite as PEGI 12 for frequent scenes of mild violence. Please review the warning around the game.

Warning for Fortnite Users

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), a UK based charity, has suggested that 25% of children playing Fortnite had been contacted online by strangers.

The charity has advised parents to turn off the voice chat system in the game through the settings menu to ensure children avoided inappropriate contact. The step by step guide to disabling the voice chat function can be viewed here:

https://www.pwrdown.com/gaming/fortnite/disable-voice-chat-fortnite-battle-royale/

Additionally, NSPCC has warned that the text messaging system in the game cannot be disabled.
The NSPCC said parents should:

  • Let children know that they can talk to them if upset or worried by anything they have seen online.
  • Familiarise themselves with their children’s online activities and discuss why they like particular apps or games.
  • Agree on family rules on how to use apps, sites and games.
  • Use privacy settings and parental controls to keep children safe.

For more information about the recommendations, please read the article below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/technology-43988210?__twitter_impression=true

Common sense media has put together a Parents’ Guide for the game in the article below

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-fortnite

We hope that these guidelines will be helpful and you are able to raise awareness around safe ways of playing video games.

, by Z.M.

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