We are becoming more aware that the online game Fortnite is causing concerns for some parents.
Firstly the rating on the game Fortnite is 12 from PEGI (Pan European Game Information). The rating suggests that the game is not allowed to be played by the children of age below 12. Therefore very few of the children in our school should be playing this game.
Firstly- As with any online game, parents need to take care they understand who children are interacting with and what specific information can be exchanged. This area of the game’s content is created by other players and therefore falls outside of the game ratings. Due to the fact that Fortnite: Battle Royale is played by hundreds of people at once, the range of people they encounter will be wide. Please make sure you know who your child is playing with!!!!
Secondly- Fortnite, although not as graphic as some other online games with older age ratings, is a game based around violence: “players use guns, swords, and grenades to fight skeleton-like monsters (husks) in ranged and melee-style combat. Players can also defeat enemies by using various traps (e.g., electric, spikes, poisonous gas). Battles are highlighted by frequent gunfire, explosions, and cries of pain.” This can lead to some children becoming more aggressive in their daily lives as they can think the violence on screen is OK. It is of course not OK and if it is seen in school, it will not be accepted.
Thirdly- It has been brought to our attention that some children may be staying up late at night playing this game. This means children maybe coming in to school exhausted the next day and this leads to a lack of concentration in school. If a child cannot concentrate, they will not learn to the best of their ability.
Of course it is up to parents to monitor how their child uses the game but we would recommend that nobody under the age of 12 should be playing this game as it is not age appropriate.