The addictive nature of Fortnite
The game Fortnite is causing concern for parents across the nation and nursery schools are even sending out warnings about its addictive nature. One mum who knows all about this is Kendal Parmar whose 15-year-old son is set to be the first child diagnosed with a gaming addiction by the NHS.
Below is the interview broadcast on This Morning on 13th June 2018.
Fortnite Season 6
As you are probably aware, Fortnite season 6 came out earlier this week (27th September). As a school, we would like to take this opportunity to keep our children safe online. We have previously posted articles about Fortnite, including the dangers and would like to reiterate these messages now.
Season 6 of fortnite includes more challenges and more places to go on the maps. As it has just been updated, the amount of people around the world playing it has increased. Just like they used to, children can talk to people online around the world through joining a random squad or duo game- please be wary who your child is communicating with online.
Please click on the following link and read the information to help keep your child safe online.
As the game is rated a 12+, we do not recommend that our pupils should be playing on the game.
We would like to make you aware of a computer game that is becoming popular with children and young adults:
Doki Doki also known as Doki Doki Literature Club. Developed in 2017. It does warn it is not suitable for children however the graphics etc are clearly aimed at young people. This is the first game produced by Salvato and has won a number of awards since it was launched in August 2017. It was downloaded over 2 million times in the first 4 months.
In essence the story plot seems to be that a male character joins a literature club and interacts with female members. There are alternative endings depending on choices made during the course of the game.
The story plot uncovers suicidal thoughts the members have. The multiple outcomes follow things such as mental health issues (voices in their head), self-harming, suicide and violent scenes such as one of the player’s neck snapping. All of this then links the reader back to an outcome whereby you are made to think the PC has taken over your computer and you have to continue playing. Some outcomes lead you to consider what you could have done to prevent one of the characters deaths. One even shows you messages from the players who have passed away saying “now you can all be happy I am gone”. This is a psychological horror game with suicide as a main feature.
This game is free of charge but an upgraded version can be purchased for $10 to unlock extra content.
The NSPCC Online Safety team are alerted to its existence.
As a result they reviewed information from their Childline Counsellor Facts notes since April 2017. Two counselling sessions had made notes with regards to Doki Doki – these were in November 2017 and January 2018. One talked about a friend playing the game. It was noted the game can trigger emotional responses. The other session noted the young person had been playing it and their favourite character had committed suicide – the young person was thinking about ending their life the same way.
As always we would ask that you monitor the on-line games that your child is playing.