NSPCC issue harrowing warning about children playing Fortnite 4 years ago

NSPCC issue harrowing warning about children playing Fortnite

Parents should all be aware of this.

The NSPCC has issued a new warning about children playing games such as Fortnite online.

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The game allows players to speak to each other using built-in voice and text chat, and they worry that strangers could use this functionality to contact kids whilst they are playing.

One in four children are estimated to have been contacted by someone they don't know through an online game and although voice chat can be switched off via the settings menu in Fornite, the text chat cannot.

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Fortnite is rated as suitable for players aged 12 and up, despite being a shoot 'em up. Over 40 million people have downloaded the game across PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Laura Randall, NSPCC’s associate head of child safety online, told the Express: “Apps, sites, and games such as Fortnite: Battle Royale can be great opportunities for young people to play and engage online.

“However in light of emerging concerns about the risks children could be exposed to, we are urging parents to be aware of Fortnite’s features.

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"It’s vital parents have regular conversations with their children about the games they are playing, and how to stay safe online.

“Anyone looking for further online safety advice can contact the O2 NSPCC online safety helpline on 0808 800 5002 or pop into an O2 store where an O2 Guru can help.”

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock said: "Too much screen time could have a damaging impact on our children's lives.

"Whether it's social media or video games, children should enjoy them safely and as part of a lifestyle that includes exercise and socialising in the real world.

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"We’re looking at what more could be done in this area alongside game publishers, developers and other agencies to promote safety and support parents."