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Should you allow your child to play Fortnite?

Most parents with kids over 8 are fed up with the word “Fortnite” by now. If you haven’t heard you children talking about Fortnite yet, its only a matter of time! Fortnite is one of the most popular video games around at the moment. There are many children wanting to play it, but should parents let them? Is Fortnite a game children should be playing? Many parents struggle to decide if it is suitable for the kids.

What is Fortnite?

For those who don’t already know what Fortnite is. Fortnite is a shooting/building video game, set in a dystopian world where 98% of the Earth population disappear. The remain 2% battle zombie-like creatures to survive. There are a few elements to the game, shooting, building and collecting resources. There are numerous missions, as you complete the missions you unlock more of the map. In September 2017, the creators realised a free to play Battle Royale mode, this is the most popular aspect of the game.

Which age group is Fortnite appropriate for?

In the UK Fortnite is rated PEGI 12, which means Fortnite is not appropriate for children under 12 years old. Fortnite contains frequent scenes of mild violence. Online play is not included in the PEGI rating. As with any online game, it possible for other players to communicate via a mic or chat. Although the game is not rated for profanity, there is nothing to stop other player from using inappropriate language.

Is Fortnite a violent game?

Fortnite is a multi-player shooting game, so there is an element of violence. Fortnite does however, have a friendly style and doesn’t depict the bloody violence of a lot of other multi-player shooting games. It takes a lot of the enjoyable aspects from other shooting games, but in a non-realistic, non-threating world.

How can I limit the time my child plays on Fortnite?

Fortnite is quite addictive, it is important for parents to set limits on gameplay. Fortnite is available on xBox, PlayStation and PC. There are various ways to limit screen time on each platform, See our guides to limit screen time on PS4 or how to limit screen time on Windows. The best way however is to agree limits with your child and make sure they honour that. The screen times should more be there for a fail safe.

Dads Tech Hub thoughts.

I personally have an 11 and 9 year old, that both play Fortnite online with their school friends. I don’t think it is on the same level of violence of most shooting games. However, I do monitor who they are playing online with and for how long. I have also had numerous conversations about online bullying and the language used when playing online. My 2 are quite good at letting me know if anyone is using inappropriate language or of any kind of bullying online. If you want to buy the full version of Fortnite, you can get the best Fortnite prices here.




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