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?
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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!