Children are using social media to share their lives with friends, family and sometimes people they don't know. It's important they understand how to safe online. Click on the image to go to this useful website with tips that can help you have open and honest conversations with children about using social media, from posting selfies to chatting and online gaming.
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We are aware that a lot of our children are talking about playing on a game called Fortnite. Here is some information for you below so that you are aware as parents, what the game is about: -
What is Fortnite all about?: It offers a knife-edge gun battle that requires practice, skill, teamwork and fast reactions, but in the form of a cartoon. The challenge for parents is to mitigate risks and maximise benefits from Fortnite. Parents need to be aware of the amount of screen time, stranger chat, rage at losing and escalating costs of in-app purchases
What is the age rating for Fortnite? : In the UK the Video Standards council rate Fortnite as PEGI 12 for frequent scenes of mild violence. I-Tunes rates the game only suitable for children 12+ for Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence and Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information. As parents, you know your children better than any rating body and can use this information to make an informed decision.
Monitoring who they are talking to? : Along with suitability, it’s worth checking the online communication settings on the game to ensure children aren’t talking to strangers.
Managing in-app purchase on the game: - The game has considerable in-app purchases that you need to be aware of as well, and set up passwords on credit cards associated with the system.
Setting time limits on Fortnite: - Finally, it’s important to have some limits in terms of play time for the game. This is something you can agree with your child once you understand how the game works.
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