Safeguarding Spotlight - online gaming
Fortnite is an online video game
where players compete to be the
last man standing in a post- apocalyptic world.
To play, the age recommendation is 12 and above due to ‘mild violence’.
What are the concerns?
You may have seen news reports or heard concerns raised about the:
* Do not create a username that could give away any personal details.
* Fortnite offers three levels of privacy settings: Public, - anyone can enter your child’s online party; Friends—where only friends can join a party; and Private—which means that no one can enter your child’s party without being invited by the child themselves.
* Fortnite also allows for Voice-Chat to be disabled.
* Speak to your child about unwanted contact and tell them what to do if someone speaks to them in a nasty or inappropriate way, or asks them for personal information. Ask them to come to you if they are unsure about unwanted contact or have be exposed to something inappropriate.
What else can I do?
More sources of support
Fortnite – all you need to know: https://parentzone.org.uk/article/fortnite-everythingyou-need-know- about-
|Nicola Birch||Designated Safeguarding Lead|
|Kevin Ronan||Deputy Safeguarding Lead|
|Meg Buckley||Safeguarding Governor|
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Useful Links for Parents
To be successful in keeping children safe online, we need to work with parents to improve safety online at home. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. Here are some useful links to help keep your children safe online.
Children are gaining access to and owning their own devices from a ever younger age. Devices can be great for learning and development, however parents should be aware of the content available online and the chance of your child seeing something they shouldn’t when online.
Pre-installed parental controls are available for most devices, laptops and consoles and are part of the system when you buy them. You can often download e-safety apps and software to supplement these controls. But the most important thing is to set the controls on the device itself.
See Safeguarding page for more information