Does it seem as if you’ve lost your kids for a fortnight (or more), to Fortnite? Let’s be honest here, Fortnite Battle Royale is a FUN GAME! Although the battle for survival is the ultimate premise, the graphics are bright and much more cartoonish than gory. Think Hanna-Barbera or Looney Tunes all wrapped up in a shiny new 2018 suit. Because of its’ gender friendly graphics, Fortnite seems to be equally popular with girls and boys It is also a completely free digital download, and in a brilliant move, the creator’s made it available not just on PC, but on Xbox and PlayStation. Players can spend money on extras, but it’s not necessary to play. There are also some fun nuances tucked into the game including some sneaky little dance moves.
One drawback to Fortnite is the fact that it is real time conversational. At any given moment, your child could be talking to an 82 year old man in Singapore, or a 12 year old girl in Idalou. THAT’S why it’s so important not to just turn kids loose unsupervised with the game. On some devices you can install parental controls, and Fortnite does have an option to play the game only with those you know, muting everyone else.
I found these parental tips to share with you from MyKidsTime.com, , and I think they’re worth checking out if your kids are Fortnite smitten:
Tips for Parents if Your Child is Using Fortnite
#1. Familiarize yourself with the game
As we always recommend, try it yourself. This is one of the best ways of learning and understanding what it’s about.
#2. Stay near while they are playing
It’s a good idea to either play with your child or at least stay near and watch what they are doing, and with whom they interact.
#3. Make sure they are aware of the risks
Your child should know that there could be adults using Fortnite too and that they need to be careful.
#4. Advise them to be careful when chatting
If they play Battle Royale mode talk to them about chatting online, how it’s important not to chat to strangers and that, as with all internet apps or websites, they should never ever give out personal information online.
#5. Have a conversation again about internet safety
Remind your child that they should only ever befriend true life friends or family members online and to tell you if they see anything strange or receive any adverse messages. -MyKidsTime.com
One other note; most Fortnite games are 20 minutes long, so you can use that standard if you choose to put restraints on playing time. For instance; “You can play for an hour Ella, so that’s at least four games. But if you start a fifth game, you may have to quit before it’s over”.
ALSO PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT IF STRANGERS ARE NOT MUTED WHILE YOUR KIDS ARE PLAYING, THEY COULD BE EXPOSED TO SOME VERY SALTY LANGUAGE!
So what to you think? Will you monitor Fortnite more closely, not at all, or just attempt to ban your kids from playing? Please take our KGNC Instapoll below. Thank you!