Fortnite Battle Royale: What Parents Need to Know

If your kid is any bit of a gamer, chances are they have played Fortnite. Fortnite is a top-trending game that is super fun, but also super addicting. Here’s a brief snapshot of the game:

Fortnite is a live, multiplayer game that starts with up to 100 unarmed players jumping out of a plane, landing on an island and everyone starts killing each other off. Your goal is to be the last survivor. To survive you have to kill off others by finding hidden weapons and protect yourself by finding/building protection. Finally, as the game progresses the island shrinks, forcing action among players. Basically, imagine Hunger Games, but much more cartoonish.

What are a few things parents should know?

  • You can play with friends but will have unknowns playing with you as well.
  • You can play on different platforms: games consoles, computers, and IOS devices.
  • There’s a cartoonish feel to the game. When killing others, it’s not bloody or gory.

What are the pros and cons?

Pros

  • Fun, entertaining, creative and strategy building
  • Option to play with your friends: stay connected.
  • Free to play, but you can purchase things if you want (costumes, tools, etc.)

Cons

  • Stranger danger: the ability to text/voice chat with anyone you play with.
  • The game is not moderated (possible profanity and cyberbullying)
  • Addictive: each game can last up to 20 minutes. Anything done for long periods of time can become unhealthy, especially with regards to screen time.
  • Age rating of 12+; therefore adults can be talking to tweens and teens.

Solutions

  • Set agreed time usage (maybe earn more time if they do extra chores/play outside)
  • Check for yourself: play the game yourself, or at least watch them play. If you choose to let your kid play it, maybe play together. The more you know how it works, the better.
  • Set parental safety controls on your game console. This can include setting age-limit games, time limits, and other helpful features. *Each console is different, which means some specific parent safety features will not be available.
  • Only be “friends“ with people you know; and set up friends only chat (or no voice chat).
  • Continual conversations: as this game evolves, there might be new features added that you’re not OK with. That’s why it’s wise to keep the conversation going. Figure out what line doesn’t need to be crossed and vocalize that to your kids. When you do that, it makes it clear on both ends what’s appropriate and inappropriate.

There you have it, all things you need to know about Fortnite Battle Royale. To stay in the know on all the latest and greatest on social media, consider joining the Be Socially Smart Community today!

22 Comments

  1. KAI on July 1, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Thanks for sharing!



    • BeSociallySmart on July 4, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      You are welcome!



  2. Chris Clarke on August 9, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Who polices the 12+ Rating? E.g. can my 8 yr old grandson gain access. Thanks



    • BeSociallySmart on August 16, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Hi Chris! Thanks for reaching out. That rating is more of a suggestion than a rule and there is no age verification on this game. We know many families with children as young as 6-8 that are playing Fortnite. Each family has to make that decision for themselves.



    • Grant Kinkead on January 28, 2019 at 7:18 am

      No my 17 year old love it



  3. maryam on September 28, 2018 at 2:20 am

    thanks for sharing it good job keep it up!



    • Dina Hubbard on May 19, 2019 at 7:05 pm

      My 10 year old daughter begs to play this, but I’m not a big fan. Do you have any other game suggestions? Thanks



  4. luke patterson a.k.a fortnite god on December 7, 2018 at 9:49 am

    FORTNITE IS LITTTTTTTTTTTTT



  5. Ethan on January 16, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Why in the article you said it was for 12+ but then you said 6+ can play it?



  6. Ethan on January 16, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Why in the article you said it was for 12+ but then you said 6+ can play it



    • BeSociallySmart on January 28, 2019 at 10:47 am

      Hi Ethan-What were saying is that we suggest the game for ages 12 and up. However, we do know children as young as six that are playing it. We will leave that decision up to the parents and how they feel about “shooting games”. What were saying is that we suggest the game for ages 12 and up however we do know children as young as six that are playing it. We will leave that decision up to the parents and how they feel about “shooting games“



  7. Christopher on January 28, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Fortnite is the best game ever



  8. Yandel on January 28, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Fortnite is the best



    • Bryson on January 28, 2019 at 10:49 am

      You are right.yandel



  9. Bryson on January 28, 2019 at 10:46 am

    You’ll are right about it being fun,entertaining, and creative.



  10. Christopher steed on January 28, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Fortnite is fun



  11. Yandel on January 28, 2019 at 10:50 am

    I know



  12. plumleeae on January 31, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    This site was very helpful thanks.



  13. mike on February 19, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    This was very helpful btw fortnite is fun.



  14. colt on June 10, 2019 at 9:27 am

    when was this article published/made? please get back to me on that. very very soon please.



    • colt on June 10, 2019 at 9:29 am

      im doing an essay and fortnite is my topic and i picked your article for info. thanks .



    • BeSociallySmart on September 3, 2019 at 8:18 am

      Sorry for the delay! This article was published on June 23, 2018